Four ducks and three turkeys were rescued by the RSPCA after they were spotted at a service station on the M6.

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The animal welfare charity were called after the birds were spotted by staff at Corley Service Station, on the M6 northbound near Coventry, on Thursday morning last week (6 October).

The birds, all in good health, were initially thought to have strayed, however despite local enquiries being made, no owner has been found – leading RSPCA officers to believe they may have been abandoned.

RSPCA inspector Louise Marston said: “We were contacted after two large black turkeys were seen grazing near the lorry park area of the service station. Shortly after catching them, we found a smaller turkey and four Muscovy ducks on a grass verge near the petrol station forecourt.

“None of them were wearing identity rings so we have no idea who they belong to. With so many vehicles around it was not a safe place for them to be, but thankfully they were all safely caught and are now at a private boarding facility.

“If they have strayed then we’d like to reunite them with their owner. Or, if they were abandoned, they we are keen to find out who did this. We urge anyone who has any information to contact us in 0300 123 8018.”

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Inspector Marston added: “It would have been a surprise to drivers stopping off for a quick break at the service station to see turkeys and ducks wandering around – and it certainly was a first for us too. One thing is for sure – no day of an RSPCA inspector is ever the same!”

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