Times Past: April 14, 1981

By Isabella Gillespie
April 13 2022 - 7:00pm
Times Past: April 14, 1981

A missing wedge tailed eagle, Old Girl, was returned to captivity after a month of being missing, The Canberra Times reported on this day in 1981. Old Girl was noticed in Lyons by a child who telephoned the police to report the escaped bird, and the pursuit began. Senior constables Peter Donovan and Ian Miller, alongside a bird catcher for the CSIRO, rushed to the site where the bird was spotted. But they had to work harder than that - Old Girl flew over to Tarraleah Crescent and hopped down the street, only stopping to turn its head to get a glimpse of its pursuers. As the chase intensified, garbagemen offered their support, suspending collection in the area. The bird hopped to its next destination, which would also be its last, as Old Girl could not pass up the offer of chicken delicacies, and was netted.



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