Anyone missing a pigeon? Bird found in homemade wooden box on bus leaving Edinburgh

A search has been launched for the owner of a pigeon which was found left in a wooden box on a bus.

The bird was discovered by a bus driver on a 102 Stagecoach service from Edinburgh to Dumfries on Wednesday at about 5.20pm when the vehicle arrived at its destination.

The pigeon, which has brown and white feathers, was not tagged and the Scottish SPCA is now trying to locate its owner in the hope it was not deliberately abandoned.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Animal rescue officer Sheena MacTaggart said the bird will be looked after at one of the organisation’s rehoming centres until its rightful owner has been found.

The pigeon found on a Stagecoach bus heading from Edinburgh to Dumfries picture: SSPCA
The pigeon found on a Stagecoach bus heading from Edinburgh to Dumfries picture: SSPCA

Read More

Read More
Pentland pig farm and restaurant takes part in Farms Not Factory campaign

She said: "The pigeon, which has distinctive white and brown plumage, was discovered in a homemade wooden box with a blue handle.

"Unfortunately the bird doesn't have any rings we could use to identify an owner.

"We're hoping that this is just a case of someone being a bit forgetful, rather than anything intentional, and we can reunite this pigeon with the rightful owner as soon as possible.

The box, which the pigeon was found in picture: SSPCA

"In the meantime, the bird will be cared for at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres."

Anyone with information can contact Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.

The Scottish SPCA is Scotland’s animal welfare charity. The organisation is separate from the RSPCA, which works in England and Wales.

The charity receives no government funding and is the only animal charity in the UK able to report animal cruelty cases to the Crown, with reports sent to the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.