Flyaway falcon from London Zoo dodges zookeeper after Putney landing


Londoner has spoken of how he was seconds absent from catching Jester the chicken of prey that has escaped London Zoo.

The Crested Caracara has a 4ft wing span and is a wide range of US falcon.

Jester experienced been sighted in South Ealing and Richmond after winging her way away from the zoo in Regent’s Park.

She finally landed 6.5miles absent, as the falcon flies, in the grounds of The Royal Medical center for Neuro-disability in Putney, on Thursday.

Bird-lover Dac Fourie rushed to the grounds just after his brother despatched him a photo of the fowl of prey strolling via the grass.

Jester was noticed in Putney

/ Dac Fourie

He instructed The Conventional: “I was just one metre from her, I practically pounced on her.

“I was contemplating about it. I utilised to personal a parrot.

“I just believed if I acquired it completely wrong I would mess up the only probability. Also she is intended to eat meat and due to the fact I’m mostly created up of meat it might’ve hurt a bit. She has really enormous talons.”

He additional: “I’m constantly up for an experience. It seemed alright. It was not as well keen to fly it was really chilled. She wasn’t far too bothered by folks. It was only when as well several persons arrived to take pics that she flew up into a tree.


“She is a wonderful chook, I have never observed anything at all like it. She was a bit of a boss bird just chilling not way too fazed. We presented her a tiny little bit of meat to hold her close to and she took it quite calmly.”

He stated a zookeeper turned up from London Zoo who was unsuccessful in his tries to recapture Jester.

He extra: “One guy from the Zoo arrived. He was on the cell phone a large amount, possibly to the zoo, seeking to formulate a plan.

“He took over and I had to go to perform.

“She is going to get hungry and come again down. If we feed her way too much she will stay in the trees.” A London Zoo spokeswoman confirmed on Friday that Jester was however on the wing.

A spokesperson for The Royal Clinic for Neuro-incapacity told the Normal: “She was strolling up and down a single of our paths and throughout the garden when we spotted her.

“She didn’t look at all bothered about individuals coming near to have a glance or photograph her.

“One of our workers educated the ZSL when they ended up forwarded a url to an article on the escaped Jester.”

They added: “She then perched up onto a tree and when the ZSL member arrived. He claimed her favourite foodstuff is snails and that she seemed very total so he wasn’t confident she’d be all set to occur back again to the zoo nevertheless.”

Zookeepers want to coax Jester into a vacation crate utilizing her favorite food stuff, quail and crickets.

She escaped by flying off around Regent’s Park all through training final Tuesday right after and is becoming skipped by her brother, Joker, zookeepers explained.

The Caracaras wander on the floor looking for prey but pose no menace to people today or pet dogs, according to experts.