Unusual birds found in Pitmedden Forest

Two of the ornamental pigeons resuced by the Scottish SPCA from Pitmedden Forest. (Photo: Scottish SPCA)
Two of the ornamental pigeons resuced by the Scottish SPCA from Pitmedden Forest. (Photo: Scottish SPCA)
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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a group of ornamental pigeons were discovered in a forest near Auchtermuchty.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted when a member of the public spotted the unusual birds venturing around Pitmedden Forest last Saturday (September 6).

The three birds are now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire.

Scottish SPCA senior inspector John Chisholm said: “We managed to capture the first pigeon on Saturday and then I returned on Sunday and rescued the remaining pair. The lady who called believed there may have been more of them but so far we haven’t been able to find any.

“The pigeons were fairly easy to capture as they couldn’t fly very well, which would have made them easy prey for other animals.

“Although it’s possible the group may have escaped from their home, we have to consider the possibility that the birds were deliberately abandoned and are appealing to anyone who recognises them to get in touch.

“If no one comes forward we’ll find them a caring new home.”

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.