A young bird of prey has been reunited with its owners after getting stuck at a leading housing provider’s Chester office after flying off course during an aerial display.
The Lanner falcon was spotted by an eagle-eyed member of staff at Sanctuary Housing’s Centurion House office on Northgate Street after it became disoriented after flying into a central courtyard within the building.
The four month year-old African falcon, known as Bram, was performing as part of a falconry display within the grounds of nearby Chester Cathedral.
The bird, which can fly at speeds of over 100 mph, had been missing for 24 hours until Sanctuary’s asset officer Sue Kelly spotted it through her office window which overlooks the courtyard and raised the alarm.
Sue said: “I thought of calling the zoo first, but then remembered the recently opened falconry centre at the cathedral. I phoned and their team popped over straight away and were delighted to be reunited with their bird.”
Head falconer at Chester Cathedral Tommy McNally said: “A big big thank you to Sanctuary Housing for finding our bird. It made our day.
“Although all our birds have trackers on them, we were very grateful to get Bram back unharmed.”
Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens is open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.