The ‘devastated’ manager of an animal welfare charity near Spilsby is appealing for help in tracing a misssing bird of prey.
The three-year-old male Harris hawk, called Arthur, went missing from the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre on Friday, August 14, as manager Terena Bolam went to clean his aviary.
Terena said: “I feel totally devastated. When he flew, my heart sank. I have been doing everything in my power to try and find him. Myself and my friend have been up in the mornings at 4.45am and out at 5am searching for him, then going out to any possible sightings. Then I go back out places in the evening until I can’t see anything else in case I spot him sitting.”
She added: “He will be very hungry now and most likely is eating I hope, but I have never hunted with him as he was for display and was being trained to work with our horses. But you would think the wild and survival instinct would come back so he would look to self-feed, otherwise he will die.”
Arthur is is chocolate brown, with white on the tips of his tail feathers.
He has a ring on his leg - he is registered with the The Independent Bird Register - and anklets and potentially jesses (leather straps on his legs).
Anyone who spots him is asked to call Terena on 07899 815960.
If they are able to take a photograph (to differentiate it from other birds of prey)
She said: “It would make my day to have him back. He might be a bird of prey but he is very very much-loved and he means everything to me. It is truly a heartbreaking time.”
A reward is being made available for information that leads to his safe return.