Life in the wild is so appealing to an eagle owl that she slashed her way out of an aviary within half-hour of her capture.
Delilah had been creating quite a stir by making her home in Lynn town centre for the last few months after being stolen or released from her aviary in Middleton.
Owner Mac Tucker hoped that months of anxiety were coming to an end when she was finally captured by a man in the Loke Road area on Friday, August 30.
But within 30 minutes of being returned to her aviary, Delilah had clawed a hole in the mesh.
It is designed to protect Scottish salmon pens from sea eagles, which are more than three times the size of Delilah.
Mr Tucker, who has used this mesh for a number of years without problem, said: “The way it was ripped you would think a lynx or a puma had been at it, not an eagle owl.
“It is unbelievable that she had the intelligence to go at the wire and rip it in such a frenzy to get adrift.
“She was extremely angry to have been caught.
“I have now used something which is hopefully strong enough to stop a buffalo.”
Delilah was captured by Modris Bigelis after she swooped into his garden on August 30.
Mr Bigelis was able to throw a coat over Delilah shortly after contacting Mr Tucker, who has praised the 26-year-old.
Mr Tucker said: “Ten minutes later he called to say he had her. He did not have any scratches or cuts.”
Delilah was returned to the aviary where she has lived for two years but escaped. Sampson, her mate, remained.
Mr Tucker said: “I have had hundreds of birds and began keeping them at the age of 10. I have never had one rip through the roof like that. She is determined to be a wild thing.”
She is now living in the Middleton area and Mr Tucker has laid traps in a friend’s paddock in the hopes of catching her.
He said: “I am much happier that she is here rather than among the larger population.
“We have lots of rabbits and pigeons here so I am hoping she will stay in this vicinity.”