Golden plover rescued from Porthcawl garden

Saturday, 17 March 2018

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A flightless golden plover has been rescued by the RSPCA after being spotted stranded in a Porthcawl garden.

It was walking around the garden for approximately four days, but made no attempt to fly away, or lift its wings.

The charity was alerted to the bird’s situation, and the charity collected the underweight bird.

Officers noticed the bird had a dirty beak, indicating attempts had been made to forage.

The bird was kept locally in the care of the charity, where it gained weight on a diet of earthworms and mealworms, before being transferred to specialist wildlife facilities where rehabilitation is ongoing.

Animal collection officer for the charity, Ellie West, said: “We’re so pleased we were able to help this golden plover – who was found unable to properly fly in a Porthcawl garden.

“Golden plover are not that rare but the residents must have been shocked to see this beautiful creature running around their garden for some while.

“Fortunately, the golden plover responded very well to our immediate care, and it is now at our specialist facilities in Taunton for rehabilitation. We hope to be able to return this bird to the wild as soon as possible.”

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