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The bird on its perch.<br />
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A woman was startled when a huge eagle swooped into her front room and landed on a cabinet while she was watching TV.<br />
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Wendy Morrell couldn't believe her eyes when the 18ins tall bird of prey flew through open patio doors and into her lounge in Poole, Dorset, yesterday.<br />
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The bird, a Russian Steppe eagle, knocked over ornaments with its 4ft wings as it landed on a wooden glass cabinet before pecking at a bowl of pot pourri.<br />
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Wendy and friend Karen Ruddlesden tried to tempt the eagle outside using pieces of ham but when their attempts failed they phoned a local bird of prey rescue centre.<br />
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After 30 minutes of trying the eagle was eventually lured down off its makeshift perch using a dead chick.<br />
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It was revealed later that the young bird was called Storm and was being trained up to ward off seagulls at a nearby landfill site.<br />
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It had been reported missing by owner James Moore three days prior to turning up at Wendy's house after it broke its tethers.