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Scottish SPCA warns of dangers of litter after entangled gull spotted in Aberdeen


By Kirsty Brown

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The Scottish SPCA has been alerted by the public to a herring gull with a can ring holder stuck around its head and beak in Aberdeen.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity is monitoring the bird closely after attempts to catch it failed due to the gull still being able to fly.

There have been numerous reports this week by concerned members of the public who have spotted the gull at a Tesco on Rousay Drive in Aberdeen.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Michelle Mann said: “We’d like to thank the public for alerting us to this gull.

“There have been multiple sightings of the bird but as it is still able to fly we have been unable to contain it.

"We are concerned for the animal’s wellbeing and are keen to treat the gull as soon as possible to prevent further injury and suffering.

“This is a stark reminder to everyone to please dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

"No matter how small, it has the potential to be dangerous or lethal to wildlife.

“We’d urge the public to contact the Scottish SPCA helpline on 03000 999 999 about this bird if there are any further sightings or they notice a change in the gull’s condition.”

Picture courtesy of Scottish SPCA.
Picture courtesy of Scottish SPCA.

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