Stanley the stork found safe and well after being 'mobbed by gulls and chased off'

Stanley, a European White Stork, has been found after going missing during a flying session on Sunday when he got ‘mobbed by some gulls and chased off’.

Staff at the World of Wings Birds of Prey Centre in Cumbernauld shared their delight as Stanley was reunited with trainers on Monday after going missing while out flying on Sunday, April, 4.

In a post on Facebook, staff said that they safely located him through his tracker and that other than being a little tired, he was in good health.

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When he first went missing, he was reported to have flown east of the centre but at the time, his radio telemetry signal wasn’t being picked up.

Stanley the stork was found safe and well on Monday.
Stanley the stork was found safe and well on Monday.

Due to the high winds, there were concerns that he could have travelled quite a distance or that he may have landed somewhere to shelter.

On Sunday night he was spotted at Limerigg, near the Black Loch, but unfortunately his signal still wasn’t being picked up and it was too dark to locate him.

Stanley is a very striking looking bird, mainly white in colour with a distinctive black stripe running from wingtip to wingtip.

He is the size of a heron and has a long, thin, pointed orange beak, and long orange legs.

Anyone that spotted Stanley was advised not to approach or feed him.

Thankfully, staff were finally able to pick up the signal on Monday morning and located Stanley near Harthill.

World of Wings Birds of Prey Centre thanked everyone who shared their social media posts and helped to locate him.

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