Fate of Sainsbury’s Robin Remains Unclear

Supermarket giant say their festive visitor will be ‘removed carefully’


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A robin trapped in Sainsbury’s has eluded capture for at least ten days and looks set to spend Christmas inside the store although its ultimate fate remains unclear.

The robin near the fruit and veg aisle

The small bird can generally be spotted around the fruit and veg aisles but attempts to guide him out of the store have so far failed giving rise to concerns about what fate the supermarket giant might have planned for its uninvited visitor. Birds flying into the store are not unprecedented but on previous occasions staff have managed to persuade them to fly out of opened doors.

Earlier this year a Tesco’s store in Great Yarmouth became home to a pied wagtail. When it was disclosed that a marksman had been employed to kill the bird there was a public outcry with Chris Packham one of many who went on Twitter to protest the decision. As a result the decision was reversed and the bird was humanely caught and released.

When we asked Sainsbury’s for a comment their brief, carefully worded reply fell short of a commitment to save the robin. A spokesperson for the store said, “The robin is safe and we are waiting for it to be carefully removed.”

December 23, 2014

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