RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two budgies and an African house snake were dumped on a narrow road in Swansea.
The budgies were in a cage and the snake in a plastic vivarium when found at the end of Long Ridge/Berwick Terrace in Mayhill – just passed a boarded up building which is known as the ‘old boy’s club’.
RSPCA inspector Chris Coleman said: “One of the budgies was in a collapsed state on the bottom of the cage and required immediate veterinary attention. Unfortunately he was put to sleep on veterinary advice.”
The other blue and white budgie and the African house snake are in a normal body condition.
“It is just unbelievable that someone would just leave them dumped out in the cold,” she added.
“The caller found them between 11.30am and 12.15am on 30 August [Sunday]. The bird cage had a plastic container of bird seed inside that had an orange lid on the top.
“We are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”
The RSPCA is experiencing widespread neglect of exotic animals across England and Wales. For many people an exotic animal represents too much of a commitment which is manifested in the growing number of exotic animals being abandoned and handed to animal centres around the country.
It is for this reason that we are urging potential owners to thoroughly research what is required in the care of the exotic animal before taking one on as potential owners need to make sure they can give their animal the environment it needs and they have the facilities, time, financial means and long-term commitment to maintain a good standard of care.
RSPCA’s scientific officer for exotic and wildlife trade, Alexandra Jones said: “The main thing we want to stress to people who are thinking about bringing an exotic pet into their family is to research the needs of the animal thoroughly, including considerations of space required, the correct food, and maintaining correct temperatures and humidity. The needs of exotic pets in captivity are the same as they would be in the wild, unlike the more commonly kept pets such as cats and dogs, which have been domesticated for hundreds or thousands of years. Unfortunately, exotic pets can be cheap to buy, but the costs of all the equipment required, and any necessary veterinary treatments are high.
“Reptiles, including this house snake, are completely dependent upon their owners to provide them with the correct accommodation, heating, lighting and food, all of which must replicate as closely as possible their wild habitat. The most common disorders often result from the environment they are housed in such as metabolic bone disease, dehydration, injuries, or lack of appetite.
“Budgies are social birds which require beneficial interactions with their own species, and so need to be kept in pairs. They also require a large aviary for free flight, or to be allowed out of their cage in order to exercise daily. Like reptiles, they are also at risk of metabolic bone disease, so require the correct diet, supplements and UVB lighting. Budgies also need a full and varied diet, and owners can not rely purely on commercial bird seed diets to provide balanced nutrients.
“The fact that one of the budgies was left to die shows that they are sensitive to their environment and can deteriorate quickly. It can be more difficult to recognise ill signs in birds and reptiles than our more traditional pets, as they may not show obvious changes in behaviour. As a result, they may be left untreated or receive veterinary treatment when it is too late.”
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