Tractor-hating eagle flees sanctuary for two days after seeing one

An eagle that hates tractors flew off for two days to avoid one near his home at a wildlife sanctuary in Cornwall.

Archie the bald eagle disappeared on his “flight of fancy” during a display at his home at Paradise Park in Hayle.

Staff at the wildlife sanctuary had combed the area to check for the farm vehicles so 32-year-old Archie didn’t get upset when out for his daily flight.

But the sanctuary said that they “missed one” during the checks.

David Woolcock, a curator at the wildlife sanctuary, said staff did not know why Archie hated tractors so much, but he had “always loathed them” since arriving in 1998.

Archie the eagle
(Image: Paradise Park)

He added: “Archie absolutely will not land back in the arena until it has well and truly disappeared.

“Every day before we fly Archie, we scour the surrounding fields from our flying platforms to ensure that there are no tractors in the fields surrounding our flying arena. On Monday, we missed one.”

Staff kept track of him via a GPS transmitter clipped to him. He roosted in a tree at nearby St Michael’s Hospital on Monday last week, the first night he was away.

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The following day, Archie flew down to an estuary near Lelant Saltings railways station, about 0.6 miles (1km) away.

Staff eventually got him on Wednesday, two days after his disappearance, as they wanted him back safe before the bad weather hit.

Previous tracking of flights have shown Archie flying a few miles around the area.

Cornwall Live