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Seagull put to sleep after 'hit and run' in Hayle

Seagull put to sleep after 'hit and run' in Hayle

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:51am 15th July 2020. (Updated at 8:31am 15th July 2020)

WARNING: You may find details in this article upsetting

A seagull has had to be put to sleep after it was allegedly hit by a vehicle in a 'deliberate hit and run'.

The herring gull suffered a snapped wing bone after the incident reportedly happened in Hayle on Sunday evening.

The West Cornwall Wildlife Rescue and Rehab volunteers were called to the scene to help the bird.

It was taken to the vet but there was nothing that could be done to save the gull, and it had to be put to sleep.

Reports about the incident on social media claim a vehicle deliberately sped up to hit the bird on purpose, but it has not been confirmed if that is true.

"Unfortunately we have to deal with a lot of crime against wildlife and it’s heartbreaking. We are left to literally pick up the pieces and see horrific injuries and suffering.

"The incident was posted on a local Facebook site. It was a while before we received a message to our page inbox and then heard about it and that the bird was still alive and had been left suffering painful horrific injuries... as well as the stress, fear and leaving its young to also be vulnerable.

"Once notified one of our volunteers drove straight to the area and hunted around for about half an hour before finally tracking the causality down. Covered it it’s blood She managed to get to the emergency vet at AVS in Hayle and the Vet kindly agreed to attend to the victim even though it was now very late in the evening.

"The poor birds wing bone was snapped in half and the bone was sticking out. So the bird has been left with an open fracture to its wing. His wing was literally hanging off. There was nothing that could be done to save this majestic bird so the vet had to put to sleep to end the pain and suffering caused."

West Cornwall Wildlife Rescue and Rehab volunteers

The incident has been reported to the police and anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact officers.

"We received a report that a male in a pick-up truck had driven at a seagull, inuring the animal, in Foundry Square, Hayle, at around 6pm on Sunday 12 July. "

Devon and Cornwall Police

Any witnesses are asked to email police via 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/056626/20.

"Gulls suffer badly due to people’s fear and misunderstanding as well as some people not seeming to understand we live on a living planet and need to live with our wildlife!

"Gulls have been made out to be unpopular due to their unique ecological niche as a opportunist scavenger marine species. Unfortunately they live and especially nest where lots of humans like to sit eating picnics ..especially during the summer .. their nesting season.

"Herring Gulls have adapted to us altering their environment by building and living on their coastal habitats, and depleting it. We must now live alongside them and share their coast with them.

"If you live or visit by the sea you are in their territory, therefore we must be able to live with our Cornish Gulls and appreciate them for the amazing birds they are."

West Cornwall Wildlife Rescue and Rehab volunteers

Pirate FM has contacted the company whose vehicle is alleged to have been involved and we're waiting to hear back.

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