Booby flown back to Caribbean home

2016-12-17 19:01
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London - Norman the booby bird may have clocked up the most unlikely air miles in aviation history.

The red-footed booby, a native of tropical zones, was discovered on a southern English beach on September 4, about 8 000km from his nearest Caribbean habitat. It was the first recorded sighting of the species in Britain.

Named Norman by his rescuers, the starving, dehydrated bird spent months under heat lamps as employees at a a Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wildlife centre nursed him back to health.

Wildlife officials said on Saturday that the bird was back where he belongs...a Cayman Islands nature reserve following a 12-hour British Airways flight with a veterinary escort. The pilot, Captain Shaun Griffiths, described Norman as "by far the most unusual" passenger he's ever had.

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