Engineers found an owl napping inside the engine of a Virgin Australia plane
- An owl was spotted napping inside the engine of an aircraft.
- Virgin Australia engineers spotted it minding its own business when they were conducting pre-flight checks.
- The bird was safely released back into the wild.
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Engineers were surprised to find a stowaway hiding inside the engine of a plane when they conducted pre-flight checks.
The staff with Virgin Australia spotted a small owl taking a nap and minding its own business when the plane was parked in Melbourne Airport.
"This owl didn't give a hoot where it napped!" tweeted Virgin Australia. "The cute little guy was found during our pre-flight checks."
The team of engineers rescued the bird and assessed it before releasing it back into the wild.
This owl didnâ€™t give a hoot where it napped! The cute little guy was found during our pre-flight checks. Our team of engineers rescued it & was assessed before being safely released back into the wild. Whereâ€™s the strangest place youâ€™ve woken up? #HootHoot pic.twitter.com/1NEx9usRfu— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) April 18, 2019
The owner of Virgin, Richard Branson, noticed the tweet and responded: "Just when I thought I'd seen it owl… Great job team," to which the team said "You're talon us!"
You're talon us! ?? ^MM— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) April 18, 2019
This isn't the first time a bird has shown up unexpectedly at an airport.
Earlier this year, a stowaway mynah bird managed to board a plane from Singapore to London, and no one noticed it for 12 hours.
Earlier this month, a rogue flamingo caused a commotion at Palma de Mallorca Airport in Spain when it sauntered right in front of a moving plane on a runway.
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