As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Seagull 'harmony' plea after young bird killed by cyclist

The RSPCA has issued advice on "living in harmony" with seagulls, after a young cyclist was seen "deliberately" riding over one.

The bird was destroyed after it was paralysed by the bike in Great Yarmouth, on 29 July, the RSPCA said.
Inspector Laura Sayer said it was "a horrific act of cruelty".
The charity's advice includes being sympathetic to young gulls who try to steal chips and placing litter in "gull-proof" bins.
Ms Sayer said two witnesses had heard the "cracking of bones" as a young male cycled over the bird, on Crown Street.
She said: "It was a horrific act of cruelty.
"When I got there the bird was still alive, just, but collapsed and unable to move. The vet said the bird had been paralysed after his spine had been dislocated by the bike."
Ms Sayer said the type of attack was "not as unusual as you would hope" and asked people to be more considerate.
"With the school holidays in full swing it is likely this problem will only get worse," she said.
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