Pair of love-birds dumped by bins


Blue and yellow budgies kissing © RSPCA

We're caring for a besotted pair of kissing budgies nicknamed 'Meghan and Harry', after they were found dumped out in the cold in Coventry on 18 January. 

The feathered friends – who are inseparable – have gone from rags to riches in the space of 24 hours, from being dumped out with the bins, to landing five star lodgings at the home with one of our inspectors.

Woman spotted dumping birdcage by bins

The budgies were found by a passerby in Lowfield Road at 5pm last Thursday. He spotted a woman wearing a scarf and woolly hat lowering the birdcage to the floor by the nearby bins, before dashing away.

Rushing over to take a look, he discovered the blue and yellow budgies inside. The man kindly took the pair to a nearby vet to be checked over and called us for assistance.

Our Inspector Herchy Boal, who's now investigating said:

I can't understand why these gorgeous budgies have been dumped like this. They're young and friendly and so in love, they just won’t stop kissing each other!

I can only imagine this woman who was seen dumping their cage had decided she couldn't or wouldn't look after them anymore – she had even left bird seed in the cage so she obviously wanted to give them the best chance of survival.

Either way, it’s really irresponsible to dump vulnerable birds like this out on such a cold night, anything could have happened to them.

Thankfully, after being checked over by a vet, the birds are in good health and will be fostered by inspector Boal at her home, until a place becomes available at one of our rehoming centres.

If you have any information to help our investigation

She added:

If anyone has any information about the birds’ previous owner, they can contact me on our inspector’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Recently, we were called to collect and rehome 350 budgies from a home in Sussex.

Bird flu outbreak

Last week, DEFRA announced an outbreak of bird flu in the Dorset area, and extended the protection zone to the whole of the UK.

This means all bird owners including budgies, chickens and birds of prey must adhere to specific government measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

More information is available on Defra’s website.

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