More than 1,800 newly hatched chicks have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves in a field in the United Kingdom.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has now launched an investigation in a bid to discover who dumped the estimated 1,800 chicks on Friday after buying them from a local dealer.
An inspector for the RSPCA, Justin Stubbs, said he’d “never seen anything like it” when he was called by concerned passersby last week to the “sea of yellow” birds that had been dumped near Peterborough.
"I have never seen anything like it, it was just a sea of yellow. And the noise was unbelievable.
"The chicks are only about a day old and are really tiny and quite delicate. Some of the birds were dead or dying when we arrived so some, sadly, had to be humanely put to sleep. Thankfully, most of the chicks did not appear to be suffering," Stubbs said in a statement.
It is not yet known if the chicks came from a nearby commercial producer or if they were abandoned by someone else.
People in the area helped round up the birds into boxes and a breeder collected the survivors and took them back to his unit.
The RSPCA is now investigating who dumped the baby chicks in the field.
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