Pigeon gets a bird bath after oily mishap
A pigeon that was found covered in cooking oil has been enjoying a much needed bath at RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre.
The adult pigeon was found in Ilfracombe harbour in Devon with his feathers covered in vegetable oil.
Oil can be incredibly damaging to birds – affecting their plumage and their ability to stay warm and dry.
But these heartwarming pictures show staff at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset, giving the pigeon a wash and brush up following his oily mishap.
Normal washing-up liquid and warm water was used to to help remove the sticky oil from the feathers of the wild bird.
The poorly pigeon was admitted to the centre on 17 September and has been given a number of baths to clean him up and bring him back to full health.
RSPCA veterinary nurse Natalie Stahl said: “This poor pigeon has really been through the wars.
“He was found in the water at Ilfracombe harbour covered in a thick layer of cooking oil from head to toe.
“Luckily apart from the thick coating on his feathers and appearing thin he seems quite well. After a few washes and some TLC he is now is eating and is bright so we are hoping that he is well on the road to recovery.
“He is looking much better and seems much happier now that he is cleaner.
“We are hoping he makes a full recovery so we can release him back into the wild in the coming weeks.”
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(from a press release)