A racing pigeon from Cannock who was supposed to be flying back home from France has ended up thousands of miles away in Canada.
Percy, also known as Number 12, had been entered into a race from Fougeres in Brittany on June 9, but never made it back to Staffordshire.
Instead of flying the 303 miles to the Midlands, he turned up in Quebec, around 3,072 miles from his loft.
Last Monday, more than a month after he began his race, Percy's owner was contacted by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) to say he had been found and identified by a number on his leg ring.
"It came as a big surprise, we couldn't believe it," said pigeon racer Bernard Chambers, 75.
"We can only think that he hitched a ride on a boat or boats, he was obviously looked after by someone, we haven't got any other logical explanation. I can't see him flying 3,000 miles across the water."
Mr Chambers, who keeps 150 pigeons, has been racing birds for more than 60 years and thought he had seen the last of his prize-winner.
"They do get lost quite regularly," Mr Chambers explained.
"There can be mishaps - they've got lots of things to face like peregrine falcons, bad weather and they can get blown off course.
"You do lose a few over the season. But this pigeon was one of our most consistent racers over land, and he'd flown back from France at the start of June fine."
But Percy won't be coming home. He has been taken in by French Canadian pigeon enthusiast Michel Gosselin, who has 50 years experience of looking after them.
Mr Chambers said the RPRA had shown him photos of Percy's new place.
"Apparently he was in quite a state when he was found," he said.
"But he's doing much better now, and it would be too expensive to get him back. Then you've got quarantine. We're not worried as it looks like he's got a lovely loft to live in."
Percy's flight of fancy is only eclipsed by that of British racing pigeon Houdini, who, in 2010, should have been flying 224 miles from Guernsey to Dudley.
But instead of returning home to the West Midlands, Houdini was discovered in Panama City - a 5,200-mile trip.