Nelson the stray Limerick cock ends up behind bars

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A STRAY cock who was found on a city street ended up behind bars - no ‘fowl’ play is suspected!

A STRAY cock who was found on a city street ended up behind bars - no ‘fowl’ play is suspected!

The jailbird was discovered in a cardboard box on O’Connell Street in the city and was taken to Henry Street garda station where he spent the night in solitary confinement.

“He was found in good condition on the street. He hadn’t been mistreated,” explained Marie Quirke, manager of Kilfinane Animal Sanctuary who christened the cock, Nelson.

“The guards held him in a cell overnight because there was no place else for him to go,” she added.

Following his brief period of incarceration, Nelson was handed in to a vet by gardai before being collected by a member of Limerick Animal Welfare.

“One of the girls put him in the front of the van and he sat up and he was watching the windscreen wipers as she was driving out. His little head was hopping from side to side watching them,” Marie added.

Needless-to-say Nelson was cock of the walk when he arrived at the sanctuary in Kilfinane and it wasn’t long before he caught the eye of a broody hen, named Mandela.

The featured friends clicked and now have five chicks together.

Feathers were ruffled however when a dog trainer arrived at the sanctuary in search of a cock. Nelson was chosen, leaving Mandela all alone to fend for herself.

Her heartache has been short lived however!

“She has a new man in her life, Bumble so she is delighted,” Marie smiled.

As for Nelson..he remains free as a bird!

Meanwhile, Limerick Animal Welfare had another reason to thank gardai on Tuesday.

They received a number of calls about a dog running along the median of the motorway near the Dooradoyle turn-off. Dog lover, Raffaele Rocca, had tried to catch the animal but it was so scared he couldn’t. He contacted Marion Fitzgibbon, of Limerick Animal Welfare.

“We got on to Roxboro gardai who were absolutely brilliant. They brought one of our volunteers to Crescent Veterinary Clinic to get a dog grasper.

“Then two squad cars stopped traffic on the motorway around 7pm - still rush hour traffic - for ten minutes. Claire Byrne and Ciara Walsh managed to rescue the dog,” said Ms Fitzgibbon.

She says the dog was dumped on the motorway to be killed. “It is a mixed breed male, absolutely terrified, emaciated, totally neglected.

“There could have been a serious accident. It’s shocking,” she said.