A city couple were left gobsmacked when a golden eagle landed in their back garden. The wet and slightly bedraggled-looking bird found its way onto their land in St Mellons, Cardiff.
A resident in the area said: “We were in our lounge and suddenly it landed on our window sill and camped out in our conifers for three hours before the RSPCA came and rescued it.”
You could forgive the RSPCA for being a little bit sceptical perhaps when the call came in, but they responded all the same on Sunday, November 12, after residents contacted them, and must surely have been a little surprised at what they found.
Golden eagles are a protected species in Wales, listed on schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It is an offence to intentionally take a golden eagle, and eggs or young, from the wild. While it is legal to keep captive-bred golden eagles, they must be registered and either microchipped or ringed.
The bird found in the Willowbrook Gardens area of St Mellons was said to have not been seen flying, however the bird did not have any visible injuries, according to the RSPCA. It was taken to a vet where it had a check-up and an owner has since come forward to be reunited with the spectacular bird, which can have a wingspan of up to 2.3 metres.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA were contacted following concerns for a large bird of prey which was found in the Willowbrook Gardens area of St Mellons, Cardiff, on Sunday (12 November). The bird was described as not flying but didn’t have any visible injuries.”
“The bird – later identified as a golden eagle – was not found to be microchipped but had a ring on its right leg.” Prior to the bird being reunited with its owner, the RSPCA added: “A found poster was placed in the location and enquiries to find its owner were made. The golden eagle was taken to a vet for a check-up and has now gone to a specialist boarding facility.”