When a huge Milky Eagle owl called Zulu swooped out of the sky and onto his arm he calmly removed a diamond engagement ring from a pink velvet bag on the bird’s leg, went down on one knee and proposed to the woman in his life.
The couple’s parents, who had joined them for a day-trip to Northwich-based Cheshire Falconry, watched in amazement as a stunned Melissa screamed with delight and then said “I do.”
Jason, 30, then hugged his wife-to-be before popping open a bottle of champagne to celebrate with his mum Gillian and step-father Bill McCloskey, from Kidsgrove, and with Melissa’s parents Steph and Harold Bowen from Llandudno, North Wales.
“I just couldn’t believe it was happening,” said 28 years old pharmacy employee Melissa. “We were just on a family outing to a falconry display. Suddenly this huge owl landed on Jason’s arm and the next minute he was on bended knee clutching an engagement ring and proposing marriage.
“We’ve been a couple for five years so he’s taken his time. But Jason has certainly proposed in style. It was worth the wait.”
IT consultant Jason said: “Melissa didn’t have a clue it was going to happen which is exactly what I wanted. I was determined to arrange a unique proposal but it was my step-father who came up with the idea of getting a bird of prey to deliver the ring.”
Now the couple will start to plan their wedding but Jason declined to say whether he had any surprises in store for the Big Day.
Steve Birchall, owner of Cheshire Falconry said: “Jason approached us out of the blue and asked if it was possible to set this up. My falconers came up with a scheme to get Zulu, our Milky Eagle Owl, to deliver the ring to Jason and off we went.
“The family group enjoyed one of our dramatic falconry experiences before the very romantic marriage proposal was made so I’m sure they had a wonderful day.”
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