‘Free as a bird’ – trapped pigeon rescued from Worcester Store prison


A PIGEON trapped in a Worcester store has finally been released after animal lovers secure the entrance to the building.

Lara Sysum provided an update on the bird’s plight after visiting the Angel Street property in the city center on Sunday and is now caring for the female pigeon at home.

How we first reported the plight of the poor pigeon

Miss Sysum, who specializes in pigeon and dove rehabilitation for Help Wildlife, attended with Sandra Champken and a locksmith to access the building, a meeting pre-approved by owners Daniel Stores and Centrick (the estate agents running the property).

She said: “We walked into the building and grabbed Miss Pigeon (now named Apple Mac) and checked her out. (Yes, she’s a little lady!).

We entered the site and checked all five floors, including the basement. Contrary to the belief of others, there is NO access point that we can see for the pigeons to enter and exit.

“No broken glass at the back of the building (as mentioned earlier), there are actually no windows, doors or entrances at the back of the building.

“We checked all floors for entry points and did not identify any. The only entry point we could see was a possible fireplace on the second floor but the door to the second floor was closed.

“Unfortunately there was a sick pigeon in the basement that had clearly been there for a few months. The basement had no entry area and was a completely closed unit except for the open door to the room. Workshop Bird droppings were only visible on the first floor (workshop), not even a small drop was found on another floor.

“Therefore, we can only assume that the pigeons were trapped from the front door of the store, or a very rare possibility that it could have been the chimney, but we do not see this possibility given that the door to the second floor was closed. ”

Miss Sysum added: “On a good note, ‘Apple Mac’ came home with me to pick up, we would have liked to release her right away, but given her condition, we thought it was better than she comes to rehab, proper nutrition and also to check her stool for any illnesses. Once she has gained a fair amount of weight she will be sent back to Worcester town center. ”

She added: “I want to thank Denise Theophilus of the ‘Feathered Friends Foundation’ and Skye Hollywood for your total persistence with the authorities and for getting over this!

“I would also like to thank all the residents, including Sandra and Cee for feeding him regularly as well as all the other members of the public who kept this poor pigeon alive!”

We have previously reported how a campaign to free the bird was launched on social media after passers-by noticed the pigeon was behind the glass of what was once Ary Mobile’s repairs to Angel Street for more than two decades. month.

Residents affected said the RSPCA recorded the incident but took no action.

Meanwhile, people were pushing food and water through a hole in the door.


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