Fibreglass bird's nest: chick found dead in ‘perfect structure’

2010-03-25 00:00

A BIRD’S nest made of fibreglass, which was found in town, has became a cause of concern for bird and animal enthusiasts.

The nest, which was found in Greyling Street, was a perfect structure containing a dead Paradise Flycatcher chick.

Pam Stuckenberg of Midlands Wild Care says they are unsure if the bird died because of the fibreglass.

Maureen Vida, the spokeswoman of the SPCA, said “fibreglass is a poisonous substance, and if a baby bird was born into a nest made of it, the irritation to its skin would be unbelievable”.

Vida said such findings are occurring more often as fibre- glass is used in a number of products. “The birds find the fibre glass and think its a good substance to make a perfect little nest”.

Another product that is quickly killing and damaging birds is hair extensions. “The nylon in the hair extensions cuts through the birds’ toes,” said Stuckenberg. And although the birds can still survive minus a few toes, it is painful for them and can hinder movement as the nylon binds the bird’s feet together.

“Fibreglass and hair extensions are new things that are making the environment very unsafe for little creatures,” said Vida.

She urged people and businesses who use these pro­ducts not to leave them outdoors, and appealing to people who find these materials lying around to dispose of them.

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