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.

Sunday 24 August 2014

Seagull spray-painted red by cruel yobs 'faces bullying by other birds'

The young herring-gull was sprayed all over with red paint by cruel yobs
The bird was taken in by Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary in North Yorkshire
'Poppy' will not be live among other gulls as she will be victim of bullying 
Wildlife experts call the act 'disgusting' and say bird's feathers are ruined 

PUBLISHED: 11:35, 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:18, 23 August 2014

A young herring-gull will need specialist care for years after cruel yobs attacked it with spray paint.

The bird was taken in by Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary, North Yorkshire, after she was found covered in thick red paint.

The baby gull, who rescuers have named Poppy due to her new colour, is only a few months old and now faces a couple of flightless years while waiting for the damaged feathers to fall out.

A young herring-gull was discovered with her feathers painted red after it was taregted by yobs

Alexandra Farmer, 25, who runs the sanctuary, said Poppy will not be able to live among the other gulls because she will be the victim of bullying.

She said: 'She will be staying here at the sanctuary for a couple of years.

'She won't be able to fly now because the paint has made the feathers rock hard and stiff. She keeps looking at her feet because they are so red but there is not way to wash it off.

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