IMG_20171007_160510860RSPCA Cymru is highlighting the danger of mouse traps to other species after a blue tit lost her life having becoming caught in a device set in Abergavenny.

The poor bird had got her leg trapped in the spring trap, and was spotted struggling around a back garden, in Chapel Lane, for a number of hours. The incident occurred in the Monmouthshire market town on 6 October.

Sadly, the blue tit’s leg had been broken by the trap, and her injuries were so severe that there was no option but to put the bird to sleep to prevent further suffering. Tragically, the bird had made attempts to fly away, but was unable to travel more than a short distance.

The blue tit’s plight has prompted the RSPCA to issue a reminder regarding traps like the one. The RSPCA would always recommend humane methods of deterring rodents but, if this fails, the charity recommends employing a professional pest controller.

Emma Smith, RSPCA inspector, said: “This was a really tragic incident to deal with. The poor blue tit must have been in agonising pain, having got caught in a trap intended for a mouse.

“These traps are very dangerous and must only ever be used responsibly. They can do horrendous damage – as we saw with this poor blue tit, in tragic circumstances.

“If people are using these traps, it is vital they understand that they must only be used for the target species, and should be laid in a tunnel – whether that be natural or artificial.”

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For more information on humanely deterring rats and mice from your home, visit the RSPCA’s advice online.