Missing heron: search for Watford's famous bird Hannibal

Watford Observer: Missing heron: search for Watford's famous bird Hannibal Missing heron: search for Watford's famous bird Hannibal

People in Watford are being asked to help locate missing Hannibal the heron, who used to frequent the town centre pond.

The bird deserted his usual home after it was drained as part of construction work.

Watford Borough Council is keen to find Hannibal, whose nickname comes from his tendency to devour the fish in the water-feature, as work on the pond nears completion.

Dorothy Thornhill, Watford’s elected mayor, said the pond’s wildlife was a popular feature and she was keen to see Hannibal return.

She said: "We understand the historic importance of keeping water there but also about the wildlife and we want to reassure people that will be happening.

"We have to tempt him to return home then he can have a home coming."

The council said the pond’s fish have been placed in an aquarium for the duration of the construction and will be reintroduced when it is finished.

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12:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

not a regular says...

Dotty you cretin. Let's empty your fridge and burn your house down and see how long you stick around.
Dotty you cretin. Let's empty your fridge and burn your house down and see how long you stick around. not a regular
  • Score: 10

12:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

garston tony says...

Anyone else see the irony of taking great care over the fish whilst this work is carried out only to want to encourage a bird that wants to eat them to return to the pond once they are back in it?
Anyone else see the irony of taking great care over the fish whilst this work is carried out only to want to encourage a bird that wants to eat them to return to the pond once they are back in it? garston tony
  • Score: 18

12:58pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Andrew1963 says...

garston tony wrote:
Anyone else see the irony of taking great care over the fish whilst this work is carried out only to want to encourage a bird that wants to eat them to return to the pond once they are back in it?
lets use the Town centre CCTV to provide live podcasts as fish are eaten. It would be Watfords equivalent of watching lions catch antelope. If successful we could stake out a few rodents and introduce foxes to the parade
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: Anyone else see the irony of taking great care over the fish whilst this work is carried out only to want to encourage a bird that wants to eat them to return to the pond once they are back in it?[/p][/quote]lets use the Town centre CCTV to provide live podcasts as fish are eaten. It would be Watfords equivalent of watching lions catch antelope. If successful we could stake out a few rodents and introduce foxes to the parade Andrew1963
  • Score: 7

1:42pm Thu 20 Mar 14

G_Whiz says...

The best bet would be to get a Plastic Heron - They stand just as still, and don't get hungry......
The best bet would be to get a Plastic Heron - They stand just as still, and don't get hungry...... G_Whiz
  • Score: 3

1:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Shortcake Biscuit says...

Don't all Herons look the same ............. or does he make the funny 'eating' noise like Hannibal when he eats a fish ????
Don't all Herons look the same ............. or does he make the funny 'eating' noise like Hannibal when he eats a fish ???? Shortcake Biscuit
  • Score: 3

2:33pm Thu 20 Mar 14

TM0000 says...

I'm sure it was at the pond by the Cricketers in Sarratt yesterday
I'm sure it was at the pond by the Cricketers in Sarratt yesterday TM0000
  • Score: 4

2:51pm Thu 20 Mar 14

The Rover says...

I have seen his brother in Cassiobury Park if that helps. At least I think it was his brother. They all look the same to me
I have seen his brother in Cassiobury Park if that helps. At least I think it was his brother. They all look the same to me The Rover
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Cuetip says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
garston tony wrote:
Anyone else see the irony of taking great care over the fish whilst this work is carried out only to want to encourage a bird that wants to eat them to return to the pond once they are back in it?
lets use the Town centre CCTV to provide live podcasts as fish are eaten. It would be Watfords equivalent of watching lions catch antelope. If successful we could stake out a few rodents and introduce foxes to the parade
I suppose you want to silence some lambs as well.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: Anyone else see the irony of taking great care over the fish whilst this work is carried out only to want to encourage a bird that wants to eat them to return to the pond once they are back in it?[/p][/quote]lets use the Town centre CCTV to provide live podcasts as fish are eaten. It would be Watfords equivalent of watching lions catch antelope. If successful we could stake out a few rodents and introduce foxes to the parade[/p][/quote]I suppose you want to silence some lambs as well. Cuetip
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Thu 20 Mar 14

blonde demon says...

whats happened to the ducks it was lovely to see all the ducklings in the spring and see them grow up, as for the Heron why would it stick around when there is nothing For it to eat it will be flying over gardens in north watford looking for garden ponds with fish in to eat , once the fish return to the town pond the heron will return
whats happened to the ducks it was lovely to see all the ducklings in the spring and see them grow up, as for the Heron why would it stick around when there is nothing For it to eat it will be flying over gardens in north watford looking for garden ponds with fish in to eat , once the fish return to the town pond the heron will return blonde demon
  • Score: 1

11:42pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Andrew1963 says...

blonde demon wrote:
whats happened to the ducks it was lovely to see all the ducklings in the spring and see them grow up, as for the Heron why would it stick around when there is nothing For it to eat it will be flying over gardens in north watford looking for garden ponds with fish in to eat , once the fish return to the town pond the heron will return
The ducks were improved with a huge pile of pancakes, slices of cucumber and spring onion
[quote][p][bold]blonde demon[/bold] wrote: whats happened to the ducks it was lovely to see all the ducklings in the spring and see them grow up, as for the Heron why would it stick around when there is nothing For it to eat it will be flying over gardens in north watford looking for garden ponds with fish in to eat , once the fish return to the town pond the heron will return[/p][/quote]The ducks were improved with a huge pile of pancakes, slices of cucumber and spring onion Andrew1963
  • Score: 0

11:19am Fri 21 Mar 14

not a regular says...

Shortcake Biscuit wrote:
Don't all Herons look the same ............. or does he make the funny 'eating' noise like Hannibal when he eats a fish ????
He wears a hockey mask
[quote][p][bold]Shortcake Biscuit[/bold] wrote: Don't all Herons look the same ............. or does he make the funny 'eating' noise like Hannibal when he eats a fish ????[/p][/quote]He wears a hockey mask not a regular
  • Score: 1

1:50pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Keefer says...

"We have to tempt him to return home, then he can have a home coming."

That sounds bird-brained.

You really mean "so you can have a photo opportunity" don't you Dotty? just like when you asked residents of West Watford for a Photo of yourself with them & their new Wheelie Bins!

Get over yourself.
"We have to tempt him to return home, then he can have a home coming." That sounds bird-brained. You really mean "so you can have a photo opportunity" don't you Dotty? just like when you asked residents of West Watford for a Photo of yourself with them & their new Wheelie Bins! Get over yourself. Keefer
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Keefer says...

BTW: I saw him this morning, but I won't revel what flight path he took.
BTW: I saw him this morning, but I won't revel what flight path he took. Keefer
  • Score: 2

9:46am Mon 24 Mar 14

POVIEW says...

Completely bonkers! What pond keeper, with fish, wants a Heron? Great comments everyone. Dotty, the time has come.
Completely bonkers! What pond keeper, with fish, wants a Heron? Great comments everyone. Dotty, the time has come. POVIEW
  • Score: 1

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