A thin and injured magpie with its beak stuck fast with a chewing gum like substance has been found in Ely, Cardiff.

The magpie was found in the Cowbridge Road West area and was taken to a nearby vets by a member of the public on Saturday (25 June). The vets then called the RSPCA.

Magpie Cardiff June16 pic2 Magpie Cardiff June16 pic1RSPCA deputy chief inspector Gemma Black said: “This poor magpie was thin and had a sticky substance like chewing gum or glue in his mouth.

“This had effectively glued his mouth shut so it would not have been very difficult, if not impossible for him to eat.

“On top of this it had had one of his wings clipped. I can’t think of any way other than deliberately that this could have happened. As a result of the clipping, the bird may not have been able to fly and would have struggled to survive on his own.

“I think it is highly likely someone has done something deliberate to the poor thing, who sadly died whilst being treated at the vets.

“The gum/glue like substance could have been deliberately put in the magpie’s mouth, but it is also possible that the bird could have picked up a discarded piece of gum. Whichever the case, it shows the importance of not littering and the dangers of gum to wildlife, birds especially.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact us on the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

For more information on litter and the problems it can cause for pets and wildlife, please visit out website at http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter

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