LOS ANGELES (AP) — A large seabird found in the back of a pickup truck in Los Angeles has been released to begin its long flight home across the Pacific.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/yVM1yL ) the Laysan Albatross that normally nests on remote islands was released Tuesday from a boat off San Pedro.
Rescuers suspect the bird stowed away on a cargo ship to hitch a trans-Pacific ride to Los Angeles, where it was spotted hitching a ride in a truck on Friday.
The wildlife rescue center in San Pedro has taken in a handful of the massive birds, which look like overgrown seagulls, over the past decade.
With its 7-foot wingspan, an albatross can soar long distances and spend years roaming the ocean without touching land.
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