Plucky robin survives sticky ordeal at Shropshire wildlife rescue centre

This robin had to be saved by staff at a wildlife rescue centre after it got itself into a sticky situation.

Staff used rubbing butter and Fairy Liquid to clean the wings
Staff used rubbing butter and Fairy Liquid to clean the wings

The little bird got itself stuck on flypaper and staff at the Cuan Wildlife Rescue Centre, Much Wenlock, had to use a mixture of butter and washing up liquid to help free it.

The robin could not move its wings as they were stuck to its sides. It was becoming increasingly distressed.

The drama happened on an industrial unit in Halesfield, Telford. A worker brought the robin into the centre asking if the staff could help.

Centre manager Fran Hill said: “The robin was stuck fast on the flypaper and his wings were so sticky that he couldn’t move them.

“A procedure of rubbing butter, Fairy Liquid and lots of washing followed with the constant hope that the stress wouldn’t be too much.”

She said the robin is believed to have lived in the industrial unit and was used to people as it appeared to be fairly tame.

After recovering from its ordeal the robin kept rescue workers on their toes flying around the centre so they could not catch it to check it over.

The robin was released back into the wild yesterday and is no worse for wear after its sticky ordeal.

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