Keep an eye out if you are walking along the towpath southwards from the village – what appears to be a Pirate of the Caribbean has surfaced near the canal bank just below Lock 11 – next to the good ship Wylo. His head and shoulders are well above the water.
How the pirate got there is a mystery but this is the second unusual occurrence involving Caribbean visitors in the past year. Regular readers will recall how a Magnificent Frigatebird, a species of bird that hails from those parts, was found on a pond between Audlem and Whitchurch last year. It was only the third time one of these birds had ever been seen in Britain. Unfortunately, it later died in Chester Zoo, disappointing the thousands of birdwatchers that were eagerly awaiting its release after treatment for exhaustion.
It has to be admitted the Pirate didn't look at all tired, despite what must have been a lengthy swim. Indeed he was all smiles – as he should be, having had the good fortune to surface in Audlem!
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