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Baffled pet pigeon left on city bus sparks desperate hunt for ‘forgetful’ owner

Authorities are searching for the owner of a pet pigeon who was 'accidentally' left on a bus.

The bird was found in a stagecoach bus heading to Dumfries from Edinburgh, in a homemade wooden box.

When the bus arrived at its destination on November 11, the discovery was made, however the owner has not come forward.

Currently the pet bird is under the care of the Scottish SPCA, who have launched an appeal in hopes of reuniting the pigeon with its owner.

The animal rescue centre hopes the incident was an accident and are urging people to come forward.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Sheena MacTaggart 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, reports Edinburgh Live.

“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.

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

“If anyone recognises this pigeon, please contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Earlier this year it was revealed parrot owners are abandoning their pets in record numbers because they cant handle their constant squawking on video conferencing calls during lockdown.

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While demand for kittens and puppies has soared, rescue charity Birdline say this year has been their busiest ever because of Brits being forced to spend too much time indoors with their loud birds.

They took in 88 birds between March and September, compared with 52 for the same period last year.

And it has been forced to pass some of them onto other charities because it doesn’t have the capacity to rehome them all.

Claire Longworth of Birdline, said: “It is a bit problematic if you are trying to do a Zoom call and there is a parrot in the background squawking.”

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