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It's not everyday that you come across an African Crowned Crane in your driveway. But that's what Jackie Bond found on Saturday when she returned to her Encinitas home after walking her dog.

Bond said the 3-foot bird with a crown of feathers "honked" at her and her dog from the driveway of her house. Bond lured the bird into the garage and called animal services.

“Basically I just started talking to it real quietly; I quietly opened the garage and quietly herded him in. He’s quite friendly; he’s obviously been around people,” stated Bond.

County officials are unsure where the bird cam from, especially considering the bird is native to African savannas, not North County's coastal communities.

Animal services says there is no record of the bird's owner. If no one comes forward, the bird may wind up in a zoo or animal sanctuary.

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nostalgic Jan. 9, 2012 @ 6:14 p.m.

San Diego is truly blessed with odd animals - a raccoon here, a possum there, a few coyotes. but this the the bird of all birds. I LOVED this article; not sure why, a sort of comment on anything can happen here.


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