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Microchipping plea after two stray parrots found in Cardiff
The second parrot, which was found at Vale College, Cardiff, last Wednesday.

Owners urged to make sure birds are fitted with a microchip or numbered ring

The RSPCA is urging bird owners to make sure their pets can be positively identified after two parrots were found at educational facilities in Cardiff within a matter of days.

The first bird, an African grey, was found at Cardiff University on 6 March and reunited with its owner following an RSPCA appeal.
The second parrot, found at Vale College last Wednesday (21 March), was wearing a ring but not microchipped, prompting the charity to issue a search for the owner.

The RSPCA has since transferred the parrot to a veterinary practice in Cardiff where it is hoped that somebody will come forward with information.

“This green parrot - potentially an Australian king - was spotted flying around the Cardiff and Vale College on Trowbridge Road, clearly lost from home," said
RSPCA animal collection officer Gary Lucas. "The bird is now at a veterinary practice in Cardiff, and we’re desperately hoping an owner comes forward, or someone with information which can help us get this beautiful bird home."

In 2017, the RSPCA collected more than 1,400 psittacines across England and Wales, of which 453 were strays. The charity says that it often finds it difficult to reunite the birds with their owners as the majority are not ringed or microchipped.

In light of recent events, the RSPCA is now urging parrot owners to make sure their pet can be identified with a microchip or numbered ring. It also advocates the use of a parrot passport, which contains advice for new owners on how to help keep their birds safe and secure. 

Mr Lucas continued: “Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018 – and anyone claiming to own the parrot, who isn’t microchipped, but is wearing a numbered ring, will need to provide proof the animal belongs to them.”

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”