An eagle owl that had gone missing in Co Kildare has been located.

The owl, known as Tank, was recovered after being spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the public in a tree in the Sallins area.

Tank was spooked by a neighbour's cat while being fed at her home in Newbridge last Friday. 

The bird flew into nearby trees and had been missing since.

Owners Darren Jackson and Lezley De Loughrey have had Tank since she was a chick, along with a number of other hawks.

Earlier Ms De Loughrey said Tank was not "going to go after anyone".

She explained the owl has extremely strong talons that could kill a deer, but added that it does not eat or hunt animals. 

Ms De Loughrey said that Tank is a hand-reared owl that is very used to humans and very placid.

She said the bird comes into the kitchen and sits on the back of the chairs. 

Speaking on RTÉ News at One, Ms De Loughrey said that Tank has escaped before but had never gone too far.

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