AN escaped kookaburra was serenaded with a recording of bird noises in a desperate bid to tempt it down from its treetop hiding place.
The on-the-run “laughing bird” was spotted hiding in the top of a beech half a mile from the Five Sisters Zoo it escaped on Monday.
Attempts to capture Chuckles with dead chicks failed, so frustrated staff at the West Calder attraction then deployed plan B – playing a CD of distinctive noises.
A spokeswoman for the zoo said: “A man came to the zoo to let us know that he had spotted Chuckles in a beech tree, half a mile away.
“Staff jumped in a car and headed up to the area straight away.
“We enticed him with dead chicks and he came down, took the food but flew straight back up there.
“We don’t want to frighten him but he must be getting hungry and missing his home.”