Golden eagle escapes from aviary in Pontycymer near Bridgend
A GOLDEN eagle is on the fly after escaping from an aviary in the Bridgend area.
People have been asked by police to be on the look out for the female golden eagle which flew off from a farm in Pontycymer on Monday evening.
They are being advised not to approach the bird, which has a 6ft 5in wingspan and weighs 16lbs, but to call police on 101.
It is thought it may not appear until it becomes exhausted and hungry, as it had been fed before disappearing.
The bird flew off with its jesses - the leather straps which are attached to birds of prey's legs - still on.
Wildlife and environmental crime officer PC Mark Goulding said: "The golden eagle is a captive breed and familiar with humans, however, it is a very large and powerful bird and so should not be approached.
"When the eagle escaped it had only just been fed, so it is likely it will only show itself when it becomes exhausted and hungry, which could take up to 10 days.
He added: "I would ask people to remain vigilant and call us if they see the animal.
"Although the eagle does not offer a threat to public safety, please do not try to capture it if you see it.
"Only professional and experienced bird handlers should approach the eagle."