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NParks investigating after mynah found glued to tree in Choa Chu Kang

NParks investigating after mynah found glued to tree in Choa Chu Kang

A mynah stuck to a twig at Block 503 Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on Oct 20, 2021. (Photo: ACRES)

SINGAPORE: Wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) appealed for information on Thursday (Oct 21) after a mynah was found glued to a twig which was attached to a tree in Choa Chu Kang.

In a Facebook post, ACRES said that it received a call on Wednesday at about 8.30am regarding a mynah that was "stuck to a twig coated with glue like substance".

The twig was also cable tied to a tree branch at Block 503 Choa Chu Kang Street 51. The mynah was subsequently rescued at 8.50am, and is currently recovering.

ACRES said it has provided all pertinent information including closed-circuit television (CCTV) locations to the National Parks Board (NParks).

On Thursday afternoon, the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS), a cluster of NParks, told CNA that it is looking into the case. 

A mynah stuck to a twig at Block 503 Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on Oct 20, 2021. (Photo: ACRES)

"Without that timely call from the concerned caller, the bird would have died from stress and trauma from losing feathers/dehydration, or a predator could also end up getting stuck to the substance," said ACRES in its post, describing the case as "sickening".

ACRES also thanked the Singapore Police Force for coming down to the scene following the tip-off from the caller. 

The mynah recovering after being rescued on Oct 20, 2021. (Photo: ACRES)

Although mynahs are not protected under the Wildlife Act, ACRES said this incident, as well as other instances of mynahs found with their feet tied and suspended from a height, are considered acts of cruelty under the Animals and Birds Act.

Those with useful information or footage related to the incident can contact ACRES at acrescrime [at] gmail.com

Members of the public can also report the matter to AVS via its website, or call its Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600.

AVS group director Jessica Kwok said the service was "concerned" to learn of the case and that it takes all feedback received from the public on animal cruelty seriously. 

"As with all investigations, all forms of evidence are critical to the process, and photographic and/or video-graphic evidence provided by the public will help. Information shared with AVS will be kept strictly confidential," said Ms Kwok.

Those found guilty of animal cruelty can be fined up to S$15,000, jailed for 18 months, or both, upon their first conviction.

Source: CNA/ic

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