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Search continues for missing vulture

Gandalf the vulture has been missing for over a week and could be flying around the Falkirk area

Gandalf the vulture has been missing for over a week and could be flying around the Falkirk area

 

Fears are growing for the safety of Scotland’s biggest bird after it went missing over a week ago.

Gandalf, a Ruppell’s griffon vulture, was chased away from his home at the World of Wings bird of prey centre in Cumbernauld last Sunday and could be flying over the Falkirk district following potential sightings in the area.

She was sent off course from the centre by three buzzards as she performed to crowds and has failed to return.

The bird, which has a wing of eight-and-a-half feet (2.5 metres), disappeared before in 2010 but was found in the Falkirk area five days later and bosses hope the public can help find her again.

The centre’s manager Joanna Timson said: “We’re still keeping our fingers crossed she is ok, but we are really worried now she might not be feeding.

“We would ask members of the public to report any possible sightings of her. The more eyes we have, the better.

“She was last seen eight days ago and loads of people have been calling in, but so far they have been mostly sightings of herons and buzzards. Gandalf is much bigger.

“If the weather is good she will just glide and she can travel big distances so she could be anywhere really.

“If she has rested up somewhere she could be in forest areas. She is a very timid bird and is not a danger to anyone.”

Gandalf is aged 10 and can travel up to 22 miles per hour as well as flying over 90 miles from a nest site for food.

 

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