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Gang of yobs use young bird as ball
A young bird was used as a ball by a gang of yobs.
The fledgling dunnock was rescued by a passer-by who spotted it being thrown around by the teenagers in Gibbon Road, Newhaven.
The bird is now being cared for at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service’s (WRAS) rescue centre at Whitesmith, near Uckfield.
WRAS founder Trevor Weeks said: “This act is despicable, and I would urge anyone who witnessed this event to report the person involved to Sussex Police.
“When birds leave the nest they all spend time hopping around building up the muscle strength before being able to fly.
“During this time they are vulnerable but should be left alone unless they are in the middle of a road, for example.”
Assistant manager Kate Cuddis said they are currently dealing with numerous injured fledgling and baby birds.
She said: “We have taken in more fledgling and baby birds this year |than any previous year due to the new facilities at our casualty care centre which has expanded over the past 18 months.
“They are keeping us very busy.”
The centre is running at between 90% and 100% capacity at the moment and some WRAS volunteers are working up to 90 hours a week to keep up with the demand.
Mr Weeks said: “We really need |the public’s help if we are going to continue taking in this volume of casualties.
“With rising costs of veterinary and medical supplies, plus the high costs of fuel, utility bills, food and more, we need support.
“Taking out a standing order to give just £1 or £2 a month will make a huge difference to WRAS and help us budget for the future and make us more financially secure.
“These creatures do not have pet insurance to pay for their care nor an owner to look after them but they do have WRAS.”
Anyone wanting to make a donation to WRAS should call 01825 873003 or visit www.wildlifeambulance.org.
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