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Pumas on the prowl in Gisborne

Don't worry, no cause for alarm . . .

A pair of Pumas were spotted in Gisborne this week but there is no cause for alarm as they are not beasts of prey.

Two Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma helicopters were seen on the back of trucks on their way to Gisborne.

The large, four bladed, twin-engined heavy-lift machines were delivered to an area on the western side of Gisborne Airport near Aerodrome Road.

The Gisborne Herald understands they will be used in forestry operations here.

The Puma, originally built in France and later in other countries, came into service in 1968, and has been widely used by military forces and commercial operators across the world.

Pictures by Liam Clayton