Blackbird badly injured after being caught in mousetrap in Gorleston

The young blackbird that was caught in a mousetrap. Picture: submitted The young blackbird that was caught in a mousetrap. Picture: submitted

Sunday, June 8, 2014
11:57 AM

A young blackbird is hoped to recover after getting its leg stuck in a metal mousetrap, leaving it severely injured.

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The juvenile bird is expected to lose its leg after it was discovered in Gorleston on Friday morning with the contraption still attached.

It was rushed to Foxy Lodge Wildlife Centre in Hemsby where it was given treatment but its limb could not be saved as the bone was shattered so badly.

But John and Tonia Garner, who run the animal rescue charity, are hoping the youngster will pull through and be able to survive in the wild with one leg.

John said: “His bone is shattered above the foot to the extent that it’s un-fixable.

“We have treated it but we know the foot is dead and in two to three weeks it will come detached and the leg part will heal.

“We know a bird can survive on one leg in the wild, the only thing is with a bird of this size and being a baby it can get septicaemia or just die of the pain or the shock.

“We hope he can pull through.”

The blackbird is the second animal to have been brought to Foxy Lodge this year after being injured by a spring loaded mousetrap. A hedgehog with a trap around his neck was recently brought in and went on to make a full recovery.

The couple are now urging people to consider using alternative devices.

“The trap was a relatively small one but there are bigger ones available and something like that left in the wrong place can trap all sorts of wildlife,” John added.

“There are more humane ways to control mice; you can catch them in a trap which catches them live and have them humanely destroyed.”

9 comments

  • Why didn't they call the fire brigade as well?

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    Andy T

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • I have worked out something from reading the comments or rather the constant flow of criticisms and it is this,the newspaper has tried to give the public freedom of speech allowing individuals to comment on stories where the need is felt however.There is or seems to be a hardcore of people who choose to comment and from what they say I personally feel they may have A)been dropped on their heads at around birth time or soon after or B)Spent their lives seeking attention and miserably failed until they found a local newspaper with a simple to sign up to commentsfeed back chance and here they are talking rubbish for all to see and satisfying their dismal needs....Get lives you loosers or pay money and buy a newspaper because you really are not needed and this online paper would be lots better without you`s

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    NR1`EY

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • obviously this is the latest animal welfare group to get the ear of the EDP woolly thinking journalists and we will get story after story. Be careful children-make sure your new favourite organisation is well run and doesnt turn out to be one of the many hobbyist affairs that turn bad, and cause more harm than good. This one is not likely to be infiltrated but be mindful of those that have been unable to cope with what they take on. Mousetraps should always be under a tin-like a sweet tin, with just a hole large enough for the mouse.That way birds do not get trapped.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Think I'll go on Twitter.

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    One Horse Town

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Did the air ambulance attend?

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    MIKEJ

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • I think the government should make a statement in parliament about this matter

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    blister

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Better than reading about people killed and maimed on the roads .not going to win Pulitzer Prize obviously ,but I would take this over reading some of the ghastly events that have happened lately. No news is good news

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    Reader

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Are you serious!!!?

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    MIKEJ

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Ooh, hold the front page!

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    One Horse Town

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

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