A racing pigeon that went missing five weeks ago plummeted from the sky straight into a zoo.
Known as 'The Pit Man', the pigeon was due to return to his owner in Abertillery weeks ago following a race 500 miles away in the South of France.
Meerkats at Dartmoor Zoo in Devon signalled the presence of a bird of prey in the sky. "Suddenly there was a commotion overhead," said zoo worker Justin Aird. "Moments later, the pigeon dropped out of the sky and landed nearby."
The injured bird was taken in by the zoo and they contacted his owner Craig Dewar. "His perch in our loft has been empty for five weeks now. I was thrilled to hear that he’d been recovered," Mr Dewar said.
The bird has been assessed fit to travel soon - but won't have to fly the remaining 140 miles home. He's being sent by special courier.