Runaway bird found - thanks to EADT

A CROW expert spoke of his joy last night after being reunited with his runaway bird - which was captured thanks to the EADT.Martin Rapley made media appeals during the 10-day search for his African pied crow, Toki, who flew away from his home in Beaumont after being frightened by a gust of wind.

By Annie Davidson

A CROW expert spoke of his joy last night after being reunited with his runaway bird - which was captured thanks to the EADT.

Martin Rapley made media appeals during the 10-day search for his African pied crow, Toki, who flew away from his home in Beaumont after being frightened by a gust of wind.

And thanks to a photograph of Mr Rapley with Toki in the EADT, an eagle-eyed reader spotted the bird in Tan Lane, Little Clacton, and was able to catch her.

Her relieved owner said the rescuer, who wished to remain anonymous, had kept the EADT story in her car while Toki was missing.

She called Mr Rapley after seeing Toki in a field and had wooed her with a rice cake by the time he arrived.

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Last night Mr Rapley said: “I am really, really chuffed - so pleased to have her back. So many people have been willing to help and have been out looking for her.

“I am very grateful to everyone who has called me. Toki has eaten a lot and had a nice bath and is now preening herself.”

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