Feel­ing ratty

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

FOL­LOW­ING the let­ters about jack­daws (May 30, June 6, June 20, June 27 and July 4), I have a tale about a young mag­pie. Last week, we found a large baby bird sit­ting in dis­tress on the pave­ment un­der a tree. As we were look­ing at it, there was a thud and a dead rat dropped from the tree onto the pave­ment a few feet away. The RSPCA said that the par­ents of the chick might come to its aid, but we felt that this wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen as the adult mag­pies had been fuss­ing around for a long time. The other rec­om­men­da­tion was to take it to the vet, which we did. I did won­der if the rat had been an at­tempt by the par­ents to feed their baby? Karen Staart­jes, London

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