Aberavon RNLI lifeguards save budgie that had been missing for four days

Lifeguards News Release

A lost budgie was found at Aberavon beach and the charity’s lifeguards helped to reunite the pet with its owner, four days after going missing.

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Blue the budgie with the RNLI lifeguards

At 2pm on Wednesday 13 July the RNLI lifeguards at Aberavon beach, South Wales, had a different type of rescue to what they are use to.

After a group of school children noticed a budgie on the beach, Lifeguard Supervisor Sophie Phillips came to collect the bird and made sure it was kept safe.

After appealing to local vets as well as on Facebook, Blue’s owner finally spotted the lifeguard team’s post after the bird went missing on the previous Sunday.

Blue’s home was nearly nine miles to where he was found and thanks to the help of the RNLI lifeguards and a drink of water, Blue was fine and back with its owner in the space of a few hours after being found at the beach.

After Blue was collected, Sophie said: ‘The last thing I expected to see was a budgie on the beach and we were so glad we were able to help reunite the bird with its owner’.

Blue’s owner was so thankful after being found they made a charitable donation to the RNLI.


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