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Rare peregrine falcons born in police custody after smuggling swoop

A man tried to smuggle the peregrine falcon eggs out of Birmingham International Airport. Photo: @WMPolice

A cast of 11 rare peregrine falcons are to be returned to the wild after police managed to stop a man smuggling their eggs out of the country.

Officers from West Midlands Police kept the eggs warm on a computer terminal at Birmingham International Airport until a police wildlife rescue unit arrived.

No two days are ever the same at the airport. One day seizing large amounts of cash - the next, these little cuties!

– West Midlands Police

Eleven of the 14 eggs recovered by officers from the force's Counter-Terrorism Unit hatched.

The birds will now be returned to the wild.

Two of the peregrine falcons rescued by officers. Credit: @WMPolice