A missing cockatiel has been rescued soon after it landed on a fishing boat 10 miles out at sea.
The hen was spotted by a startled skipper on his vessel off the coast of Troon, South Ayrshire, on 18 September.
He gave the male cockatiel, which was in very good wellness, some foods and drinking water in advance of returning to land.
The bird, which has been named Hei Hei just after a stowaway rooster in the Disney movie Moana, is being cared for at the SPCA’s Ayrshire Animal Rescue Centre.
The charity is attractive for information as it attempts to trace the bird’s owner.
Animal rescue officer Sheena MacTaggart reported: “This was a really unusual rescue, I have never been contacted about a fowl getting its way so considerably out at sea.
“Thank goodness the boat was there so the bird identified somewhere to relaxation.
“Hei Hei does have leg rings but we have been unable to trace his operator.
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“If any individual recognises Hei Hei, please get in touch with our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”