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Baby seagulls leaping to death due to hot rooftops in Sussex
Baby seagulls are jumping to their deaths as the warm weather heats up their rooftop nests.
Scores of the birds have been found over the last few weeks with blistered feet as the sunshine turns their metal and tiled roofs into burning hot surfaces.
The inexperienced youngsters have been spotted either trying to fly to safety or opening their wings to cool down and being caught by a gust of wind.
Billy Elliot, from Worthing and Adur District Animal Rescue Service (WADARS), said his team had been “inundated” with calls as a result.
He said: “We are getting calls every single day when it’s hot.
“At a time when we are already stretched it makes things really difficult.”
Mr Elliot added that when residents try to rescue the stricken babies, their protective parents swoop down and attack.
He said: “It’s not something we have had to deal with before.
“Some of the gulls we are finding have blisters all over their feet.”
The news comes after another animal charity, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Animal Service, warned that baby seagulls were being mown down on Sussex’s roads.
Mr Weeks said he believed the attacks were born out of “people’s hatred for seagulls”.
He branded those “aiming for and not slowing down for fledgling gulls” as “sick”.
WADARS, which is based in Findon Road, Worthing, runs a joint wildlife rescue and animal re-homing service.
During 2012 they rescued and released a staggering 1,445 wild animals and received up to 60 calls a day for assistance.
Last year they re-homed some 710 domestic pets but as with other animal charities else they are currently full.
Mr Elliot said: “It’s really difficult at the moment.
“We have cats and dogs coming in all the time, it’s just constant. Any help we can get would be greatly appreciated.”
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