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Pascal the escaped baby pelican back home at zoo after tour of the Black Country

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Attractions | Published:

A baby pelican which escaped from a zoo has been caught after a three day search across the Black Country.

Pascal the baby pelican back at the WILD Zoo with keeper Jaiya Masters

Pascal the pelican accidentally escaped from WILD Zoological Park at Halfpenny Green Vineyards.

He was carried off by strong winds from Wild Zoological Park in Halfpenny Green, Staffordshire, on Sunday.

The zoo posted an appeal to its social media pages on Sunday evening asking anyone who spotted him to get in touch.

Pascal the baby pelican back at the WILD Zoo with keeper Jaiya Masters

The post was shared thousands of times, with numerous people getting in touch reporting sightings of the bird across the region.

A member of the public reported seeing the large bird in some trees next to Wall Heath Tennis Club on Monday afternoon.

Pascal had also been spotted around Wombourne and Gornal.

Pascal, left, back with friend Penelope

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During the search Zac Hollinshead, the zoo's director, believed the bird had flown away into a field and landed by water but the zoo was not worried for the bird's safety.

He said: "As soon as it sees its trainers, it will go straight to them."

On Wednesday afternoon, keepers caught up with Pascal who was at South Staffordshire Belvide reservoir and has since been returned home to WILD Zoological Park.

Pascal the baby pelican back at the WILD Zoo with keeper Jaiya Masters

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Staff at the zoo thanked the public for their help in bringing Pascal home in a post on the Facebook Page.

It said: "Thanks to everyone that spread the word and to all that called in with sightings.

"Turns out Pascals GPS unit had a faulty battery.

"Pascal didn’t go far, always circling the area looking for home, always stayed within a close radius and we eventually caught up with him on the South Staffordshire Belvide reservoir.Very hungry and very happy to see his trainers.

"Flew down straight away to our zoo Director Zac and picked up safely in the arms of keeper Emily."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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