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Baby birds avoid the scrap heap

Wagtail chicks being fed
The four wagtail chicks are now being cared for at the animal centre in Fife

Four wagtail chicks were saved from a crusher when they were discovered nesting under the bonnet of a car at a scrapyard.

The birds were found at the J Noble Auto Salvage yard in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

The nest was in the engine area of the car, which had travelled over a 24-hour period on the back of a transporter from Peterlee in County Durham.

The four wagtail chicks are now being cared for at the animal charity's wildlife rescue centre in Fife.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: "It's likely the car had been standing idle for quite some time to enable the wagtails to build their nest and hatch their chicks.

"They are very lucky to be alive given that they have been separated from their parents and transported on a lorry in a car that was destined for the scrap heap.

"Amazingly all four nestlings are feeding well and making good progress."

I called the SSPCA and they told me to make boiling water with sugar in it, then cool it right down, before dipping my finger into it and rubbing it on their wee beaks
Peggy Noble
G Noble Auto Salvage yard

Peggy Noble, 40, wife of the garage owner, told the BBC Scotland news website she was very upset when her husband told her about the chicks.

"To think they came all that distance and were separated from their mum just made me so upset.

"When we see birds flying in and out of the cars here we leave them and don't touch the car.

"I called the SSPCA and they told me to make boiling water with sugar in it, then cool it right down, before dipping my finger into it and rubbing it on their wee beaks, which is what I did for a few hours until they sent an officer to pick them up.

"I'm so glad they have survived and are doing really well and the SSPCA say they will be released in a few weeks time into the wild and they will be fine."

The birds started their journey on Thursday morning before being found on Friday morning.



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