back to article 'Massive great big' vulture goes AWOL in Somerset

A "massive great big" vulture which went missing over the West Country last week is still at large, and its owners are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for the "hard to miss" bird. Arthur, an 11-year-old white-headed vulture, was swept away by strong winds during a display at the Bath & West Show in Shepton …

  1. M7S
    Big Brother

    About the only picture of a spreadeagled 11yo that wont get you into trouble

    although I expect my post title will now raise the scrutiny on my account somewhat...

    1. David 132 Silver badge

      Re: About the only picture of a spreadeagled 11yo that wont get you into trouble

      For bonus points on the "add me to every government watchlist ever" stakes, append other ornithological terms to your search..

      "... with Tits or Boobies and possible impressive Shags"

      Fetching my coat with its copy of RSPB Birds Of Britain in the pocket.

      1. Anonymous Blowhard

        Re: About the only picture of a spreadeagled 11yo that wont get you into trouble

        Fancy a Cornish Chough?

  2. msknight Silver badge

    Well, at least there's little chance of it being mistaken for the great white lab-coated vulture, native to London. Anyone who spots it is reportedly encouraged to placate the beast with pints of beer and bacon sandwiches while flavouring the air with fumes of pipe tobacco.

    Calling the authorities to collect this bird will result in no action whatsoever being taken, except for maybe the appearance of other beings carrying another white coat, but of the variety with long sleeves that, rather than assisting flight, are aimed at doing the reverse.

    1. PNGuinn

      @ msknight


      You forgot t'icon.

      1. msknight Silver badge

        Re: @ msknight


        My excuse, not enough coffee... and I'm sticking to it :-) ... (the excuse, not the coffee... which should flow smoothly...)

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You would think

    That in this day and age of microchipped pets, something this rare / valuble would have a GPS collar

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: You would think

      Or maybe that technology (whispers) isn't all it's cracked up to be ?

      1. Anonymous Blowhard

        Re: You would think

        Of course it is! I saw a GPS tracking device the size of a fingernail that works under water and in tunnels only the other day on [insert US TV drama].

        1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

          Re: You would think

          That's nothing. IBM was advertising RFID tags that let you know where your goods were in the middle of a desert:

  4. Inventor of the Marmite Laser


    Who's a pretty boy then?

    1. Trigonoceps occipitalis Silver badge

      Re: Well

      Thank you.

  5. cortland

    Has anyone inquired

    of Vulture Central?

  6. hi_robb


    If you see it, carrion...

    /Gets dragged stage left

  7. noboard

    Bloody big bird

    Over Salisbury Plain yesterday. MIght just have to contact them.

    1. Santa from Exeter

      Re: Bloody big bird

      I think you'll find that was a Hercules

    2. drand

      Re: Bloody big bird

      perhaps a Great Bustard if it was over Salisbury Plain, recently[ish] re-introduced to the UK.

  8. Fink-Nottle

    Sounds like Pear Tree Productions is handling the PR for Birds of Prey Displays - pure Alan Partridge!

    1. Roj Blake

      Partridge does know a cracking owl sanctuary.

  9. Tom 7 Silver badge

    So thats what we had on the barbie yesterday


  10. SW10

    "massive great big"

    Surely you're not quoting from the proper press release. No-one in the West Country would say "massive great big" vulture.

    It's a "massive gurt" vulture.

  11. Roger Varley

    Optimism required

    "The white-headed vulture - Trigonoceps occipitalis - is native to sub-Saharan Africa and under threat of extinction in the wild."

    We'll just have to hope that the local swivel-eyed loons are more intelligent than the swivel-eyed loons around here, otherwise the damn thing will be going extinct in the West Country too.

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: Optimism required

      "Scrotum! Pass me me pistol. I'll see if I can't bring the blighter down in the lake."

      1. Roger Varley

        Re: Optimism required

        +1 for the Viv Stanshall reference, I haven't listened to Sir Henry at Rawlinsons End in absolute yonks.

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Optimism required

      There is an old cartoon by 'Pont' which shows a tweedy ex-major type rushing through his drawing romm while enthusiastically readying his shotgun.

      Caption: "There is a most unusual looking bird on the lawn!"

  12. energystar

    These Beasts really good to the ecosystem [Not like us]. Best wishes on Search & Rescue Teams.

  13. frank ly


    "Anyone who does eyeball the magnificent beast is asked not to approach him "as he will spook away", but rather to call handler Ben Potter, ..."

    Does he lie on the ground and pretend to be dead then grab its legs when it comes down to have a look?

  14. Mark 85 Silver badge

    He's probably flying home as there's no lady vultures in this neighborhood.

  15. PNGuinn


    How many hv electricity switching centres are there in the area?

    Enquiring minds need a torch or three....

  16. davidp231

    Maybe it's mission is complete and it's returning to it's base: Vulture Central.

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