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Norman, The Brown Booby, ‘Back Where He Belongs’ After Errant Trip To The Frigid U.K.

GEORGE TOWN — Norman, the brown booby bird might have logged the most unlikely air miles in aviation history.

The red-footed brown booby, a native to tropical zones, was discovered on a southern English beach on September 4, some 5,000 (8,000 kilometers) from his nearest Caribbean habitat.

It was the first recorded sighting of the species in Great Britain.

Named Norman by his rescuers, the starving dehydrated bird spent months under heat lamps as a Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) wildlife center carefully and lovingly nursed him back to health.

Wildlife officials said today that the bird is back where he belongs, a Cayman Islands nature reserve, following a 12-hour British Airways flight Thursday with a veterinary escort.

The other pilot on the flight, Capt. Shawn Griffiths, described Norman as “by far the most unusual” passenger that he’s ever had.

Brown boobies are also in the Virgin Islands

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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