A turkey that lived semi-wild on a shoot was impounded by the RSPCA and then killed.
Camilla the turkey became the mascot of the Redhill shoot near Bristol. Something of a celebrity with locals and shoot members, a concerned member of thebpublic found her on the roadside and reported her to the RSPCA.
Camilla in RSPCA ‘care’
Not wishing to miss a chance of fundraiser, the animal charity caught her and, without making enquiries locally, rushed out a press release saying: “It’s really sad to think that somebody thought it was appropriate to abandon a beautiful bird like this at the side of the road.”
The shoot owner read about Camilla’s ‘rescue’ and contacted the RSPCA to arrange her return.
While phone calls went back and forth, the RSPCA reassured the shoot that Camilla was being held at a ‘specialist turkey rescue centre’
Collection was arranged, then the RSPCA phoned back with the bombshell news that unfortunately Camilla had been killed that morning, probably by a fox.
Shooters and locals are distraught. They had hoped to provide Camilla with s mate they had bought her. But Charles, as he is called, must now live on the shoot alone.