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Bird expert to the rescue after pheasant causes a flap in Clintons card shop in Bishop's Stortford



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Staff at a greetings card shop in Bishop's Stortford had a pheasant surprise when an uninvited 'shopper' ran riot through the aisles.

There was panic and amusement when a pheasant caused a flap in Clintons, South Street, last Wednesday morning (Oct 6) – but bird expert Dudley Simpson was on hand to come to the rescue.

Dudley's wife Rosemary told the Indie she spotted the commotion when she popped into the shop to buy a card and immediately told staff to hold fire while she fetched her husband.

Dudley with the rescued pheasant (52120513)
Dudley with the rescued pheasant (52120513)

"The bird was having a good old runaround in the shop," said Rosemary. "I said to the staff 'If you corner the pheasant I'll get my husband'."

Within minutes of Dudley arriving, the bird – a young female – was safely captured and placed in a big box.

"He's kept birds before – unusual birds and hens," said Rosemary. "He was very calm – he just bent down and picked it up."

Dudley Simpson with grandson Freddie and the rescued pheasant (52120510)
Dudley Simpson with grandson Freddie and the rescued pheasant (52120510)

The couple took the pheasant back to their home in High Wych and released it in woods nearby.

As to how the bird appeared in the shop in the first place, that remains a mystery, although it might be said it had some pluck to venture there.



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