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Appeal launched after tethered falcon found hanging from TV aerial

AN RSPCA Cymru appeal for information has been launched after a young peregrine falcon was found dead hanging by its tether from a television aerial in Pentre.

A member of the public spotted the deceased juvenile bird on September 11, and sounded the alarm to the RSPCA.

The falcon was found atop of a two-story property in Treharne Street tangled by a long but torn tether still attached to his legs.

A tethered bird is fastened by a line to a post or anchor so as to confine the animal to a particular area. The RSPCA has serious concerns regarding the tethering of birds of prey, and limiting opportunities for them to fly when they choose.

RSPCA Cymru say it is unclear whether someone had cut the bird free from the tether – or if it had snapped or come undone, allowing the bird to fly off with the lengthy line still attached.

The bird was clearly owned – but there was no ring or microchip, meaning the RSPCA has not been able to track down an owner.

Anyone with information about where the bird may have come from has been urged to contact the charity’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

RSPCA inspector Darren Oakley said: “This poor juvenile falcon was found dead, hanging from a television aerial in Pentre by his tether.

“The tether was far too long to be flying equipment – so it seems likely either this bird was cut loose, or more likely the tether’s cords snapped or had come undone.

“Sadly, flying with such a lengthy tether posed a clear risk to this bird – and he became caught on a TV aerial which has unfortunately led to his death. This is another example of the risks inappropriate tethering can post to birds of prey.

“The bird is not ringed or microchipped – which we’d have expected to see, as these birds carry a legal registration requirement for their owners.

“We’re hoping somebody can come forward with information about who owns the bird, and what may have happened here. Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018.”