Albatross Found In LA Freed To Fly Home To Hawaii

02/01/2012 10:43 am ET

LOS ANGELES -- 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.

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.