A woman in Dorset was left “quite shocked” when an eagle unexpectedly flew into her living room while she watched television.
The Russian Steppe eagle swooped through an open door of Wendy Morrell’s home in Bournemouth while she was watching the French Open tennis championship on Sunday.
She described it as “stunning to look at, but quite scary” as it flew in through patio windows during the mens’ Final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The 15in (40cm) tall bird, named Boris, had been reported missing two days earlier by his owners.
Used to scare seagulls away from a landfill site in Corfe Mullen, Boris broke away form his perch when a lorry spooked him.
“This huge black thing flew into the room and did a low swoop” said Mrs Morrell.
Wessex Bird of Prey Rescue eventually rescued the bird from the top of a cabinet in Mrs Morrell’s front room.