An animal lover forked out more than £60 to send an injured pigeon on a 24-mile taxi ride from Birmingham to Nuneaton for treatment.
According to the Coventry Telegraph, kind Jeanette Bowron has spoken about how she got into a flap when she spotted the wounded bird in her home town of Erdington and felt compelled to do something.
“I was driving along and I saw a pigeon on the dual carriageway, it was being pecked by two crows,” she explained.
“Selfishly, I drove on and carried on with my shopping, saying to myself I would go back to it and when I came back it was still there, so I drove home and got a cat basket and took it home and let it free in my garage.”
Before going to work the next day, she took it to the PDSA in Erdington: “They said that they could put it to sleep there or told me about the sanctuary in Nuneaton,” the animal lover explained.
“I had heard of the sanctuary in Nuneaton, in fact I had taken an animal there before, so the PDSA very kindly phoned them to say that the pigeon would be coming.
“I had already had some time off work that morning, and I am not familiar with roads around Nuneaton, so I decided to call a taxi to send it.”
It proved to be a bizarre phone call to Star Cars: “They asked ‘how many passengers’ and I said ‘none, just one pigeon’, I bet they thought I was just a mad bird lady but I could not turn my back on an injured animal.”
She carefully placed the pigeon in a box in the back of the taxi bound for the 24-mile trip to Nuneaton.
The fare cost her £43, she left a £2 tip for the driver and sent £20 for the sanctuary to help pay for food for the bird. “They (the sanctuary staff) do such marvellous work, I wish we had one closer to here,” she said.
Stunned Geoff Grewcock, who has run the animal haven for the past 16 years, was keen to return the compliment to the big-hearted animal lover.
He said: “It was marvellous, it just goes to show the lengths that some people will go to care for animals, it is incredibly kind.”
“It was strange knowing a taxi was coming with a pigeon in the back but it goes to show what loving, caring people there are out there,” Geoff added.