Baby blackbirds hitch a ride across the border

The baby blackbirds that hitched a ride over the Border in a tractor
The baby blackbirds that hitched a ride over the Border in a tractor
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The Scottish SPCA is caring for four blackbird chicks who hitched a ride from Cumbria to Fife in a tractor.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was contacted by employees at T.M Simpson in Ceres, near Cupar, after the tractor was delivered and they discovered the nest underneath the cab.

The three-week-old blackbirds are now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire, where they have been nicknamed the ‘tractor boys’.

Animal Rescue Officer Kieran Smart said: “The tractor the birds were found in is brand new and was transported to Fife on the back of a truck.

“It’s likely the blackbirds’ mum would have flown off as soon as it started moving.

“The birds were extremely hungry when I rescued them but they are now doing well in our care.

“They’re too young to be on their own so they’re currently being assist-fed around the clock by a member of our wildlife team.

“We’ll release the blackbirds back into the wild once they’re old enough to fend for themselves.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.