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Air balloon killed my bird Hamish.

AN angry opera-singing animal sanctuary owner has told how a low-flying hot air balloon caused the death of her prized bird.

Kim Adam's white rhea called Hamish - an ostrichlike bird - panicked so much his body went into spasms and he had to be put down.

The drama happened earlier this month at Feufield Farm Animal Sanctuary which Kim runs near Symington, Lanarkshire.

The pilot of the Virgin hot air balloon apologised and offered to pay for the vet bill and buy a new bird.

Kim, 54, who auditioned for Britain's Got Talent last year and has recorded a single, said: "I was out feeding the animals and saw this huge hot air balloon only a few hundred feet from us.

"Hamish and our other rhea, Heather, panicked and banged themselves against fences and buildings.

"Hamish started to go into spasms the next day and had to be put down."

In another incident, seven passengers of a Virgin hot air balloon escaped injury last week after a rough landing in nearby Pettinain.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 25, 2013
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