Babies safe after aeroplane adventure

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 September 2013

The chicks rescued from the plane

The chicks rescued from the plane

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THESE little swallows dared to dream bigger when they were discovered nesting in an aircraft undercarriage.

The chicks rescued from the planeThe chicks rescued from the plane

The three chicks were found by a Flybe crew and were taken to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill.

They had travelled a quarter of a mile on the ground inside the plane when workers at Exeter Airport moved a cargo plane from storage to a maintenance hangar. The birds were then discovered by an engineering team during an inspection, packed carefully into a box and taken to Secret World, 50 miles away.

Aircraft support supervisor Tony Arpino said: “We had no idea the nest was in there when we moved the aircraft and there was no sign of the mother bird.

“It took quite an effort to get the nest out. It was really well stuck in place.

“The chicks have already travelled around quite a bit with no effort on their part so hopefully they will go on and thrive.”

Secret World founder Pauline Kidner said the baby swallows were none the worse for their adventure and will be hand reared until they can be released back into the wild.

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