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TUNNEL VISION ANIMALS GET STREETWISE; Phot oto togra rapher snaps owl, rabbit and stoat taking short cut.

Byline: Duncan Gibbons

A PHOTOGRAPHER has taken a remarkable series of pictures of streetwise animals using a storm drain to avoid becoming roadkill.

A rabbit, a stoat and even a baby owl too young to fly were snapped disappearing down the hole and popping up safe and sound on the other side of the road.

The incredible pictures were taken by amateur wildlife photographer Paul Bunyard, 38, on his way to work near Rugby.

The civil servant, who lives in Rugby has been taking pictures for six years. He said: "I have never seen anything like it: every time a car went by they would pop their heads out.

"There's a tunnel under the road, it's an ideal man made network for them.

"My favourite is the stoat, that was an adrenaline rush, a real 'punch the air' moment. It was on a par with getting my first kingfisher."

Paul said wildlife photography was the perfect antidote to a stressful job.

"It's such a fantastic way of relaxing compared t what I do on a day-to-day basis," he said.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 8, 2010
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