Second set of budgies dumped in town alleyway adopted by bus driver
PUBLISHED: 08:30 10 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:30 10 January 2019
A bus driver has adopted two budgies after finding them dumped in a Dunmow alleyway.
Faye Clark and girlfriend Jenna Rumsby have welcomed the budgies into their home after the former discovered the birds near the Co-operative car park on Sunday morning.
It is the second time in four months that budgies have been found abandoned in a Dunmow alleyway, after four budgies were spotted huddled together off Venmore Drive on October 7, which is a short walk from the Co-op car park.
Following the first incident, the RSPCA said it was clear the birds had been dumped, and it is now worried the culprit has struck for a second time.
Whilst walking her dog, Faye, 40, found three budgies but after taking the trio to the vets, the smallest died.
She was determined to give the remaining budgies a good home, however, and set them up in her living room, where they could look out of the window.
Faye said: “They were so cold and shivering. They were puffed up and their feathers were falling off. The vet said the little one died because it was dehydrated.
“When we put them in the box, they were so scared. It’s just so cruel.”
The couple have never owned birds before but Faye said she was looking forward to it.
Speaking before the couple had collected the birds, Faye said: “If the blue one is a boy I want to call him Buddy. Jenna said she wants to call the yellow one Ernie if he’s a boy.”
The budgies, now with Jenna and Faye, are eating and drinking, although they are still very nervous.
Despite a happy ending for two of these birds, Faye believes more are going to be dumped. She added: “I am going to end up with about 10 budgies.”
An RSPCA spokesman said: “We are concerned that this is the second set to have been dumped in the same location and we are worried that this could be the same person who is leaving them and if they could have even more birds.
“We appeal to anyone who believes they know who owns them to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.”