RSPCA probes beach bird find

THE RSPCA is investigating the discovery of cages full of birds, found half buried in the sand at a camp in the dunes on The Spit at Southport on the Gold Coast.

The finding was made after a fire that burnt through bush on Monday.

The RSPCA's Karen Abdy said the 13 birds were in excellent health even though they barely escaped the flames.

“We discovered four cages full of budgies and finches,” she said. “The cages were half buried in the sand with tarpaulins stretched over them and pegged into the ground.

“All the birds were in good condition with fresh, clean water and plenty of food.”

Ms Abdy said it was likely a homeless person may own the birds, which were found near a camp surrounded by freshly-potted plants.

“The fire got within a metre of the cages so the birds were lucky to survive, but they appear to have been well cared for,” she said.

The birds have been taken to the RSPCA's shelter at Fairfield in Brisbane, where they will be cared for until their owner claims them or new homes are found for them.

RSPCA community relations manager Michael Beatty said while the RSPCA would not be too keen on the birds going back to a camp in the bush, they would be returned to their owner if the person came forward.

“It's a very strange case,” he said. “They are obviously well cared for and it's certainly not a case of neglect.”



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