We collected a pigeon from one of the most unexpected venues on Saturday 19 July,  a Royal Navy ship.

Steve the pigeon (c) RSPCASteve, as he was named by crew members, was found in a hangar at the top of HMS Ocean.

Fledgling in need

There were no parents to be seen and a crew member took on the pigeon’s care until the ship docked a few days later. Steve is just a young fledgling and needed feeding by hand.

When the ship returned to shore at Southampton on 19 July, one of the crew handed Steve the pigeon over to RSPCA Inspector Tina Ward. The lucky bird is now being cared for at our Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter in Fareham.  He will continue his rehabilitation at our dedicated West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, from where he will be released back to the wild once he is ready.

Inspector Ward said:

“This was certainly one of the most unusual places we’ve collected a bird from.


“The crew, especially Sam, the crew member who looked after Steve, and the captain, went above and beyond to care for this young bird who wouldn’t have survived without their help.  We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.


The future looks good for Steve. He just needs to build his strength to get ready for the wild and he can do that in our specialist aviaries now that he’s eating for himself.”

We can’t do it without you

The RSPCA can only help to care for animals and birds like Steve with the help of the public. Please donate online today or text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).