Above: The RSPCA were called to rescue the abandoned Indian ringnecks that had been discarded in a ‘Bag for Life’ carrier bag. The birds were found in poor condition, and one had lost numerous feathers


AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched after two parakeets were tied up in a supermarket carrier bag and dumped in a hedge in Yorkshire.

On May 25, a member of the public discovered two Indian ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri manillensis) alive in a bag that had been wedged in a hedgerow. The lethargic birds, which are believed to be juveniles, were taken to a veterinary practice in Thornbury, Bradford, where they received immediate treatment.

Staff at the practice contacted Alan Farr, an animal collection officer for the RSPCA, to collect the birds.

He said: “The parakeets had literally been thrown into a Bag for Life and tied up before being chucked into a hedge. It is so lucky that a member of the public spotted the bag and decided to investigate, otherwise they might have perished.”

He continued: “To abandon any animal is shocking but to leave these birds tied up in a bag where they could have easily suffocated is disgusting.”

Both birds were found with significant feather loss, which staff say is due to stress. They were taken into specialist care at Reptilia in Ossett, West Yorkshire, and once healthy will be rehomed. Unfortunately, the parakeets were not microchipped or closed ringed.

To help reunite lost birds with owners, the animal wildlife charity urges bird owners to make sure their pet bird can be identified with a microchip, fitted by an avian vet, or closed-ring, and to update the microchip details if the owners move house.

Anyone with information on who is responsible for dumping the parakeets can contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

If you are interested in rehoming these birds, please contact Reptilia on 01924 694 461.

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