A rare bird is again spreading its wings after caring West Midlands Police wildlife crime officers rescued her from a factory yard tethering post − and have now helped her find a new home.
The Golden Eagle was found tied to a wooden stake after officers responded to reports of a bird being kept illegally in a Birmingham factory.
(Stock image – not Goldie)
Eight-month-old Goldie was in need of medical attention and PC Michelle Wood took the bird for immediate treatment after speaking with the RSPCA.
After using legal powers to claim the bird, PC Wood and colleague DC Mark Williams then organised for Goldie to be referred to the Specialist Wildlife Services charity based near Heathrow.
West Midlands Police launched an investigation into how Goldie was found at Rapyal Halal Meat and Poultry, Small Heath Business Park, on 13 February this year.
Mohammed Zahid claimed he bought the eagle from a specialist importer of birds of prey in Coventry but didn’t have enough room to keep it at home and didn’t want to leave her alone.
The 39-year-old, from Flora Road in Small Heath, admitted failing to register a Schedule 4 Bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
At Birmingham Magistrates Court on 26 May he received a 12-month conditional discharge, was ordered to pay £200 compensation to the force towards care costs and £155 in court fees.
He was also ordered to permanently forfeit the bird to the charity and banned from keeping a protected bird species for the next five years.
PC Wood − who as a wildlife officer divides her time between more familiar police duties and protecting livestock, birds and wild animals − said: “I’d never come across a Golden Eagle before. It was clear Goldie needed some assistance and we are just happy she is flying high again after being referred to a specialist charity.
“She is a beautiful bird and as a wildlife officer I take great pride in being able to help protect and ensure the welfare of wildlife in the West Midlands.
“The commercial trade in protected rare birds of prey is strictly controlled and although it is possible for Golden Eagles to be kept in captivity they must be registered with Defra.”
Source:: West Midlands Police News