Fledglings left to die

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after 26 seagull fledglings were dumped on Craigton road near Cults.

fledglingsWe were alerted to the fledglings after they were found by a vigilant member of public.

Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona McKenzie said, “It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to damage, destroy or otherwise interfere with any nest habitually used by any wild bird.

“Removing these fledglings from their nest was particularly callous. At this age they still rely entirely on their parents for sustenance.

“It would have been a rather difficult task so we know that it’s been deliberate. The parents would not have taken well to their nests being disturbed.

“When I arrived to rescue the fledglings, six had unfortunately already passed away and a further two were put to sleep following veterinary advice.

“Essentially, whoever did this was putting a death sentence on these fledglings. If we hadn’t have been called out when we were the situation would have been far worse.

“The remaining 18 fledglings are currently being cared for at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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