The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a one-eyed cockerel was found dumped and covered in blood by the roadside in a village just outside Banbury last weekend (Sunday, 24 January).
A member of the public was driving along Ell’s Lane in the village of Bloxham in Oxfordshire when they saw a shabby wooden carrier strewn by the road. They stopped and got out to have a look and were surprised to find a cockerel inside that was bleeding from a number of nasty-looking injuries.
The RSPCA was called to the scene and rushed him to a local vets for treatment. It was here that the cockerel, now named Echo, would thankfully meet his new owner and would make a strong recovery.
RSPCA animal collection officer Dennis Lovell said: “Echo is lucky to have been found as it is a fairly remote area. There’s not a lot of people or houses around there and he is lucky that these kind people stopped to take a look.
“My heart sank when I arrived as I could see there was quite a lot of blood. He had lost an eye and looked as though he was in a pretty bad way so I really wasn’t sure if he was going to make it or not. I kept my fingers crossed for him though and he made it through. His charming ways have even landed him a loving new home with a member of staff at the vets who lives on a farm nearby.
“He suits his new name as he does like a good old crow and he’s a bit of a character – he certainly made it known he was there in the van with me and it did make me chuckle. It’s really made my week to see him get a second chance at life and to go to such an experienced home with someone who will care for him properly – he’s really hit the jackpot.”
“We are looking to speak to anyone who might know a bit more about Echo, where he might have come from, and how he might have ended up being cruelly abandoned on the roadside like this. All calls to us are treated in the strictest of confidence.”
Anyone with any further information is encouraged to contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask for inspector Stephanie Law.