Airline offers bird a lift

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An injured house martin is set to migrate south for the winter - by scheduled airline.

The tiny creature was unable to make it to North Africa after a cat tore out its wing feathers. But Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, has offered to fly him to his winter home. All the tiny hitchhiker, named Merlin, needed yesterday was a lift to Heathrow from Ivybridge, south Devon, where David Gabriel, a veterinary surgeon, has been looking after him.

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