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Rex, the missing eagle, returns home to Eagle Heights after being discovered in Newcastle

PUBLISHED: 10:25 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:54 10 July 2017

Rex the Stellar's Sea Eagle

Rex the Stellar's Sea Eagle

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The Stellar's Sea Eagle strayed during a flying display at the Eynsford wildlife centre

An eagle which went missing from a wildlife centre in Eynsford was found in Newcastle yesterday, July 9, evening.

Rex, the Stellar’s Sea Eagle, was reported missing at 12.45pm on Friday, July 7, and staff at Eagles Heights Wildlife Foundation said he strayed away from the centre during a flying display.

They continued to track him until dusk but his GPS experienced interference, and so turned to members of the public to contact them with any possible sightings.

Rex was last tracked by the centre heading in the direction of Lullingstone, but within two days managed to make his way to Newcastle, where he was discovered by another animal centre.

A spokesperson for the Eagle Heights, said: “Rex has been found. He has been found in Newcastle. Around 300 miles from Eagle Heights in two days. Thank you to everyone for your help and support and a special thank you must go to Craig of the Kirkleatham Owl Centre who brought him to his centre safely. Help us spread the word that Rex is safe and will be returning to Eagle Heights tomorrow.”

Penny Curtis, from the Kirkleatham Owl Centre, added: “We get to rescue all sorts of wildlife at kirkleatham, owls, hedgehogs, snakes and bats, the list goes on, native and non-native all come through the doors and we love every minute of our rescue work but today was by far the most exciting when we picked up a stellar’s sea eagle. It had travelled 300 miles from Kent and is called Rex. I’m sure Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation are over the moon to pick him up tomorrow, what a beautiful bird and a pleasure to encounter.”

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