A Bloody Great Big Heron Has Broken Into 10 Downing Street

    "It was in a bit of a flap," a government special advisor told BuzzFeed News.

    A heron broke into 10 Downing Street on Thursday afternoon.

    Guess what just flew in to No10? Not so much #herongate as knock knock knocking on #heronsdoor

    It was spotted by government special advisor Ramsay Jones, who told BuzzFeed News how the daring bird managed to breach Downing Street security.

    "It probably flew," revealed Jones. "It could probably fly over the gates and the security – although Larry [the Downing Street cat] was nowhere to be seen, terrible eh?"

    Jones said Downing Street staff, although having received no training for heron situations, dealt with the bird calmly and professionally.

    "When I came back up the street the heron was in the door already, standing in the corner," he said. "Staff were just being very quiet round it, trying not to disturb it and making sure no one was thumping around. Then, with a flap of its wings, it went on top of the door, had a peek outside, then it went hop-hopping away."

    Jones suspects the bird may have been taking refuge from an overly-aggressive crow spotted outside of the building, because "[the heron] was in a bit of a flap".

    "It didn't lose any deposits on the floor though," he added.

    With his heron tweet going viral, Jones said he hasn't been as inundated with Twitter notifications since he posted a photo of the Downing Street ducklings last year.

    "One day I'll have to do a popular tweet with politics in it," he said.

    Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

    Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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