A pet bird of prey which was found in Sydenham was returned to its owner before Christmas.
Boomer, the four-year-old Bengal eagle owl, was reunited with her owner Myles Wood on December 21 after she had been taken into the care of Arden Falconry based at Hatton Adventure Farm on December 19.
Mr Wood said he is amazed Boomer, named after a boomerang because she usually comes back to her master, was found so quickly after she got out of her aviary and flew off on December 17.
He said: “Thousands of these birds go missing each year and only about 35 per cent of them are returned so I’m amazed I got her back at all.
“She was spotted only about half a mile away from my house which was a relief considering she could do 20 or 30 miles in a day with the wind behind her.”
Charmed by her friendly nature Mr Wood bought Boomer from a breeder in Yorkshire for £150.
She lives on a diet of dead rats, mice and day-old chicks.
Keen on countryside pursuits, Mr Wood flys her regularly and said she may have been trying to find her way home when she was spotted in Saint Brides Close by Warwick resident Ruggy Singh.
Mr Wood has thanked falconer Danielle Shearsby for looking after Boomer and for helping him to register the bird so she will be easier to identify and return if she ever flies off again.