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RSPCA investigates ducks and turkeys dumped at Coventry M6 service station

Lauren Clarke 27th Nov, 2016

A FLOCK of ducks and turkeys have been rescued by the RSPCA after being abandoned at the M6 service station.

The animal welfare charity was called after four ducks and three turkeys were spotted by staff at Corley Service Station, on the M6 northbound near Coventry, on Thursday morning last week (October 6).

The birds, all in good health, were initially thought to have strayed from home, but despite local enquiries being made their owner has not been found – leading RSPCA officers to believe they may have been abandoned.

RSPCA inspector Louise Marston said officers were called to reports of two ‘large black turkeys’ grazing near the lorry park area of the service station.

She added: “Shortly after catching them, we found a smaller turkey and four Muscovy ducks on a grass verge near the petrol station forecourt.

“None of them were wearing identity rings so we have no idea who they belong to.

“With so many vehicles around it was not a safe place for them to be, but thankfully they were all safely caught and are now at a private boarding facility.”

RSPCA officers want to reunite the birds with their owner if they have strayed, or are keen to find out who is responsible if it becomes clear they were abandoned.

The birds, all in good health, are thought to have been abandoned. s

The birds, all in good health, are thought to have been abandoned. s

Inspector Marston added: “It would have been a surprise to drivers stopping off for a quick break at the service station to see turkeys and ducks wandering around – and it certainly was a first for us too.

“One thing is for sure – no day of an RSPCA inspector is ever the same.”

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations to exist.

To assist inspectors in carrying out their vital work text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)

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