Translated by Neil Thomas
from an article by Leoncio Peralta in Ultima Hora
(March 8, 2002)
It appears that it's off north, returning to its place of origin
The falcon without borders, which abandoned the city of San Francisco de Macoris last Monday, was seen on Wednesday in Santiago de los Caballeros, where it came to rest on the highest emblem of the city, the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration.
The exotic bird was seen on this historical place by a man accustomed to recreation there every afternoon and who also always carries binoculars to look into the distance.
According to the journalist Belgica Suarez, this gentleman communicated by phone that the falcon was on the top of the Monument, and was identified by the antenna on its back.
A team of photographers belonging to the local TV went to the Monument and were able to film the bird before it took off towards the Northern Mountains. The images were shown in the programme ‘Illusions’which the TV station shows on Channel 29.
Few people in Santiago could have known of the presence of the falcon, without the notoriety given it through the coverage of ULTIMA HORA since last week.
Yesterday, Sunday, there was a rumour that the bird was again at the Monument, but this was no more than a simple comment which made dozens of people go there.
Up till 9.00 a.m. the CPF still had not updated its website on the whereabouts of Lightning, in spite of the fact that they were expecting yesterday to receive a signal. According to Pedro Genaro Rodriguez, ornithologist, contact point for the CPF in the Dominican Republic, the signal could arrive at any moment as long as the bird is not under any roof.
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