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Roaming turkeys and boar 'dumped' in East Sussex

Animal charities caught the boar after they were found roaming in a garden

Two boar were caught in an East Sussex garden, and up to nine turkeys remain loose after it is believed the owner of a smallholding released its animals.

Animal charities received reports about 12 loose turkeys, while two boar were caught in Kingston on Easter Sunday.

Pauline Grant, of Sussex Horse Rescue Trust (SHRT), said: "We believe someone with a smallholding has dumped them."

Anyone with information or who is interested in re-homing the boar is urged to contact the charity.

Only three of the 12 turkeys have been caught, the rest flew out of reach

Trevor Weeks, of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS), said: "I've not known anything like this, getting so many calls about turkeys in different locations, but I don't think they are farm turkeys as they can all fly."

The public reported turkey sightings in Lewes, Alfriston and Glynde village where three of the 12 turkeys were caught.

On Easter Sunday a Kingston property owner contacted Sussex Police to report that he had trapped two boar in his garden shed.

It took WRAS and SHRT two hours to catch the 5ft (1.52m) long boar and transport them to SHRT's Uckfield sanctuary where they are being looked after.

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