Image copyright Sgt Paul Cording
Image caption The caravan was carrying a lot of the driver’s personal belongings as she was returning to live in Italy

Three people, two puppies, two falcons and an owl have been in a crash in North Yorkshire.

Police were called after two automobiles, one towing a caravan, collided on the A1 near Allerton Park on Wednesday night.

The woman towing the caravan was travelling with her animals because she was returning to live in Italy.

All involved escaped unharmed but the owl had to invest the night at a local sanctuary.

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The woman was eventually able to continue her travel in her undamaged vehicle but did not have room to take the owl, which was being carried in a box.

A lot of her possessions, which were in the caravan, were also damaged.

Sgt Paul Cording from North Yorkshire Police said: “She’d managed to squeeze as much as she could in the car, including the dogs and two other fowls, both falcons, but she didn’t given sufficient room for the owl.

“Thankfully we saw it a home for the nighttime at a local sanctuary. I think he is going to be picked up by a relative and taken on to be reunited with his owner in Italy.

“It was certainly one of the more unusual nighttimes for us. I did seem a little bit like Doctor Doolittle.

“Once we knew everyone was ok, we did have a hoot about it.”

Police said the state of the caravan, which had overruled and shed its load, reinforced why it was illegal to journey in a vehicle whilst being towed.

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