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Albatross found in LA freed to fly home to Hawaii

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January 31, 2012 11:43 PM EST | AP


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.