Two pigeons trapped in Royal Bolton Hospital quad to be shot
A PAIR of pigeons trapped inside a quad at the Royal Bolton will be shot by marksmen "to protect patient hygiene".
The two birds became penned-in following repairs to the nets above the quad near the ear, nose and throat department last Tuesday.
A member of staff at the Royal Bolton, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been feeding the feathery friends in a bid to keep them alive and wanted to see them released.
But hospital chiefs say the birds pose a risk to infection and must be exterminated by pest control experts.
A nest of chicks are also said to have died after being separated from their parents by the net.
The member of staff said: “The birds only got in because the nets needed repairing in the first place. Then the staff and patients complained about them flying about in the quad.
“So, the estates department had the nets repaired but they didn’t manage to free them all. Two baby chicks in a nest have died because their parents couldn’t get to them.
“Now the two others are flying about and they’re going to starve to death. They would be dead already if I wasn’t feeding them bread through the window.
“I’m not the biggest fan of pigeons but they don’t deserve to suffer like that. I think it’s disgusting that nothing has been done yet.”
But the trust says action will be taken to get rid of the birds and they will be shot.
Heather Edwards, head of communications at the trust, said: “Pigeons can be a health and safety hazard and they must be removed in the interest of our patients and staff.
“We have pest control contractors who make regular visits to the site. They will get rid of the birds on their next visit.”
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