Norman the golden eagle made a guest appearance at a school after the pupils became fascinated with his escape story. Falconer Allen Smith, who caught Norman after three weeks of sightings around the county, took the eagle to the Dawn until Dusk before and after school club at Haynes Lower School. Club manager Debbie Bulteel said the children followed the news about Norman and pin-pointed sightings of him on a map, around the Mid Bedfordshire area. She said: “The children were over the moon when Norman came to visit.
“They asked his keeper really good questions such as how fast he could fly and how much he weighs, and were able to stroke him.”
She added: “It shows how newspaper stories can capture children’s imaginations and fuel their interest in learning.” Norman escaped from his handler near Flitwick during January and spent a couple of weeks flying around before being reunited with Allen on an industrial estate at Barton.