writes Alice Simmons

A WILD stork which escaped from a wildlife park in the West Midlands has been captured weeks after it got lost during a training session.

The bird, which is named Daisy, flew away from Wild Zoological Park in Stourbridge earlier this month, sparking a nationwide appeal.

The stork had been seen in several places including Staffordshire, Wiltshire and Burnham-on-Sea before it was captured on Sunday (November 17) at Ham Wall near Glastonbury.

Daisy is now being cared for by staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill before she is returned to the zoological park later this month.

A spokesperson for Secret World, said: “Secret World Wildlife Rescue were contacted on Sunday by a bird watcher at Ham Wall to say that he had caught a stork that had been on the loose from a wildlife park in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

“Daisy, as the stork is known, had flown from Stourbridge and had been seen in several places before hanging around a café in Burnham-on-Sea.

“She was finally seen at Ham Wall and caught and brought into Secret World Wildlife Rescue where she is waiting for her handler to pick her up.

“Daisy is a new trainee in the UK’s biggest free flight birds show, along with parrots, eagles, cranes, storks, marabous, owls, vultures and many more.

“She’s not clipped or caged.

“She’s a free flying bird new to the team, inexperienced flyer and has gotten caught up in wind during a training session and then lost.”

Originally published in the Somerset County Gazette

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