Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ship's pigeon rescued by sailors

Undated handout photo issued by the RSPCA of a fledgling pigeon, nicknamed Steve, that was rescued after it took refuge in the hangar of the Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Ocean. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 4, 2014. See PA story ANIMALS DEFENCE Pigeon. Photo credit should read: RSPCA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A young pigeon has been rescued after it took refuge in the hangar of a Royal Navy helicopter carrier.

The fledgling, nicknamed Steve, was discovered aboard Plymouth-based HMS Ocean and taken care of by the ship's company, who fed it by hand until bringing it to shore at Southampton, Hampshire.

The bird was then handed over to the RSPCA and is being cared for at the Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter in Fareham, before continuing its rehabilitation at the West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset.

RSPCA inspector Tina Ward said: "This was certainly one of the most unusual places we've collected a bird from.

"The crew and the captain went above and beyond to care for this young bird who wouldn't have survived without their help. We can't thank them enough for their efforts.

"The future looks good for Steve. He just needs to build his strength to get ready for the wild and he can do that in our specialist aviaries now that he's eating for himself."

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