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Eagle Owl 'Capable Of Eating A Deer' Is On The Loose In Kildare

By Kiara Keane

April 9, 2019 at 2:36pm


A giant owl has gone missing from its home in Co Kildare after being spooked by a cat.

The female Eurasian Eagle Owl has a wingspan of 6ft 5in and is said to be “capable of eating a fully-grown deer”.

The owl, who's named Tank but goes by the nickname Owlington, escaped from her owner’s house in Curragh Grange while being fed and was last seen heading towards the M7.

Her owner Darren Jackson said she had a thin leather strap called a jesses and a bell on her when she went missing “and given her size she will be unmistakable”.

He told, "If she is in a tree top during the day, she will be mobbed by crows. This means they will try and chase her out of the area.

"If she is in a residential area, she is likely to try and rest under a bush if she is tired or stressed but in that instance I would recommend people not to pick her up or try to catch her as there is a potential for them to be hurt by her talons if they don't know what they are doing."

The owl is thought to still be in the Kildare area and anyone who spots her has been asked to contact Gardaí or the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

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