A badly injured seagull has been found dumped in a dustbin in Hampden Park.
Grounds staff at Eastbourne Skate Park called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service on finding the bird this morning (30 May). Sadly, by the time rescuers arrived 20 minutes later, the herring gull had passed away.
It’s thought it had been attacked by a dog or fox, before being placed in the bin by a passer-by.
“There is no way the gull could have got into the bin of its own accord,” said Trevor Weeks MBE the Duty Rescue Co-ordinator for WRAS, “The grounds staff told us that the bird was alive when they went to empty the bin and they could see the bird was badly injured and bleeding.”
On checking the bird over the gull was found to have several large wounds around its neck and body and could well have been attacked by a dog or fox.
Trevor said, “It’s not the fact that the bird was attacked that worries me, it’s the fact that someone put a seriously injured and suffering bird into a bin. I hope that they did so because they wanted to protect it and were going to call someone for help. Although the person who put the gull in the bin was not there when we arrived.”
WRAS is urging people to not leave injured wildlife and to seek help.
“If you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal or bird please call a rescue organisation for advice. They are very busy at this time of year and if they can’t get to you quickly or you can’t get through and it is badly injured please take the casualty to your nearest emergency veterinary centre where they will provide emergency first aid and generally pass on casualties to rescue organisations such as WRAS. Trustworthy and reputable veterinary centres don’t charge members of the public when handing in injured wildlife,” said Trevor, who added, “Once you pick up a casualty you are legally responsible for it, so dumping it in a bin and walking away would actually be an offence.”