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Meet Jack Black - Penryn's friendly jackdaw

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By By Chris Matthews

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Ellis Lloyd and Jack Black

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A FRIENDLY neighbourhood bird has emerged as the talk of the town with his Facebook tribute group attracting more than 200 members.

The jackdaw, which has been affectionately named Jack Black, has been photographed interacting with various residents around Penryn.

Jack was hand reared by veterinary nurse Ruth O’Grady Collet, from Falmouth, in July, before being released back into the wild a few weeks later.

She said: “I hand reared Jack Black after someone in Penryn found him and his siblings in a nest which had fallen from a roof, he had very few feathers so was probably only about two weeks old.

“I gradually introduced him to the outdoors in the same way I have with other birds, usually they come back for a few days then fend for themselves and are rarely seen again, but Jack was different, he stayed and started approaching people and seeking out their company.

“I heard he was spending time at Asda’s trolley bays, Penryn College and the cricket and rugby clubs, he goes where he sees groups of people.”

Local resident Adele Wiles started the Facebook group at the beginning of October last year after Jack visited her house and joined in a neighbour’s barbecue.

As well as supporting the area’s local sports teams, Jack is becoming a regular fixture at Tremough Campus.

Marine and natural history photography student Ellis Lloyd has taken several photos with the bird.

He said: “Jack Black is a very tame and friendly bird.

“I first spotted him undoing a student’s shoelace and I found this very comical and decided to go over to him and then he flew onto a friend of mine. He then hopped onto my arm and stuck with me until I got back to my flat.

“He then decided to fly into my friend’s window before coming into my room.”

Sue Watts, who also receives daily visits from Jack, believes it is important that people are aware that he is harmless.

She said: “If he approaches you he will not be trying to hurt you, he’s normally seen some shiny jewellery. Some people are scared of him near pushchairs, he’s never looking to harm babies, he just sees pushchairs as a big toy.”

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  • Lucykells  |  March 18 2014, 8:43PM

    To cause this bird to become imprinted in the first place is a very sad, selfish, ignorant failing of the person that hand reared him. He should have been reared with OTHERS of his OWN kind. Not kept in a house, talked to, played with, named and imprinted. To release an imprinted bird is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. It is abandonment. I appreciate people want to help wildlife, and would encourage anyone who feels this way to volunteer at a local wildlife hospital. Please don't "have a go" at home - as birds like this are the sad result. Mousehole is fairly near to Falmouth and there is a Wild bird hospital right there, where this poor bird could have been hand-reared with others and wouldn't be getting himself in the type of trouble he is in now. I hope this bird lives a long and happy life, but I very much doubt it, as he doesn't even seem to understand what he is. So sad... there really is no excuse to do this to a bird. Mrs. Lucy Kells. The Wildlife Aid Foundation, Leatherhead, Surrey.

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