Missing Golden Eagle reunited with owner after being lost for over a week
The bird is back.
A Golden Eagle who had been missing for eight days has returned to its owner.
John Nugent had appealed to the public for help in finding the bird after it managed to undo its leash and fly away on 3 March.
Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland, Nugent said that as the 12-year-old Golden Eagle, named Kalin, was meant to be resting at the time, there was no tracker on him.
Nugent, based in Wicklow, also revealed the bird of prey had never hunted or been out in the wild.
Earlier in the week. he issued an appeal to farmers who may see Kalin on their land not to shoot him.
While the chances of finding the bird may have looked grim, RTE reports that the bird was found on Thursday, one kilometre from where he disappeared, caught in a tree.
John Nugent is a happy man this morning
His pet golden eagle Kalin has returned home
He'd been missing all week but John credits #MorningIreland listeners with helping to get him back@rtenews @RTERadio1 @rte pic.twitter.com/j7XW5N698f
— Morning Ireland (@morningireland) March 12, 2021
Nugent said he doesn't know how the bird survived, having lost nearly a pound in weight.
Saying he was in tears of joy when he found Kalin, the owner issued a thank you to everyone who helped out in the search.
Featured image via Facebook/John Nugent