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  Missing eagle owl could be after your pets
Updated 14 April 2003, 16.36
An eagle owl
Pet owners have been warned to watch their cats and dogs because a hungry owl is on the loose.

Jazz the eagle owl, who is 50cm tall and has piercing orange eyes, went missing on Saturday.

His owner, Mark Triphook from Ilford, Essex, said he might start preying on small cats, dogs and rabbits when he gets really hungry.

Children warned too

"He's very good-natured which means he's not frightened of people which is the downside when he's hungry, because he won't be scared off," Mark said.

An eagle owl
Police also warned children to stay away from him.

"It is unlikely that he would attempt to catch small children as he lives with children at home," police said. "However we advise people, particularly children, not to approach him as he could be dangerous if he felt threatened."

Hunt foxes

Jazz, who has a wing-span of nearly two metres, flew away from his owner when he was being exercised in a park near his home.

The European eagle owl is the largest kind of owl in the world, and has even been known to hunt foxes and small deer.

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