A RARE and critically endangered bird was found in the car park of Stretford Mall by astonished shoppers.
It was initially believed that the northern bald ibis had escaped from a zoo in Stoke some years ago, but experts at Chester Zoo are baffled as to where the bird came from.
Can Sonmez, 39, and his two children saw the ibis as they were walking to the mall on Saturday, July 20.
“It was basically flying up and down and the literally fell down the side of the building. When I actually picked it up it looked quite lethargic as if it hadn’t fed for a while.
“I knew it was an ibis as we’d seen them before at Chester Zoo, but I didn’t realise it was a critically endangered species of ibis.”
Can, of St Andrews Road, Stretford, then took the bird home and called Chester Zoo, the curator of which collected the mystery bird a couple of days later.