Soar high, great Golden bird, soar high,
And breathe the clear, clean air of liberation;
Soar high, great bird, in proud defiance fly;
Earthbound and envious, we can but watch and sigh
In admiration.

Scorn the iron confines of the cage,
Glide where the wind wills, swoop in wild elation;
Freedom is your right and heritage;
Earthbound, we watch this challenge of the age
In admiration.

Controlled by time and daily tasks, we share
Your gallant flight from vile incarceration,
Imperious monarch of the upper air;
Earthbound and envious, we can but sit and stare
In admiration.

Unfortunately, on the eleventh day, Goldie was recaptured, so...

Crouch low, then, bird, snared by the Keeper's wiles,
There is a plaque in fond commemoration
Of exploits, now a record in the files;
Brief Lord of Air and London trees and tiles,
Accept - commiseration.





"Goldie was a male Golden Eagle who lived at London Zoo  in England during the 1960s. He caused a nationwide sensation when he escaped for 12 days in March 1965.

Goldie flew away from his keepers on 28 February 1965 while his cage was being cleaned. He avoided being recaptured for nearly two weeks, despite a massive effort using equipment borrowed from the Royal Navy and  British Civil Defence Goldie spent most of the time in Regent's Park, which surrounds the zoo, but he also made excursions into the nearby neighbourhoods of Camden Town, Tottenham Court Road and Euston.

Goldie's escape enthralled the British public. The zoo received thousands of phone calls and letters, and large crowds gathered in Regent's Park to watch the bird's keepers trying to catch him. There were severe traffic jams in the area as drivers circled the park, watching Goldie in flight.

The saga was closely covered by the media. On a BBC television programme, the reporter John Timpson unsuccessfully tried to lure Goldie by playing an Ethiopian bird pipe. Goldie was also mentioned during a debate in the  House of Commons, where Members of Parliament  greeted his name with cheers.

While free, the predatory bird killed and ate a duck in the garden of the American ambassador to Britain. He also attacked two terriers in the park, but was driven off by their owner.

Goldie was finally caught on 11 March after the zoo's deputy head keeper tempted him to earth with a dead rabbit. He was in good health after his experience and was reunited with his mate, Regina. The zoo's attendance nearly doubled in the days after his return.

Goldie escaped once again on 15 December 1965, and was recaptured 19 December 1965 at 6:15a.m.

He was sent to The Falconry Centre, Newent, Glos. on 8 March 1985, and died on or about 23 March 1986." - Wikipedia


I followed this story as a Teen. My Dad wrote this at the time it happened.


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