CARING volunteers came to the rescue of a lonely pigeon that had flown more than 50 miles but lost its way.
The SESKU Academy charity workers came across the little grey bird on the ground outside the former Burntwood School, on Church Top, South Kirkby, on Monday night, but were surprised to discover it was a racing pigeon from Mabelthorpe.
Volunteer Sarah Roberts, 21, said: “At first I thought it was a parrot but then when I got closer found it was a pigeon and it had a number around its foot so called it and spoke to its owner who lives in Mablethorpe.
“I just couldn’t believe it had flown all that way.
“But its owner just told us to look after it for the night and release it the next day and it and it would fly back home.”
Miss Roberts said at first it she thought it the bird was injured as it was just sitting on the ground, but found it was just having a rest after its long journey.
So the caring woman took in the pigeon for the night and fed it corn and water ready for its release on Tuesday.
Adam Redfern, SESKU manager said: “If it hadn’t have been for the volunteers the pigeon would have been attacked by a cat or some other animal.
“I am glad it will return safely to it owner all the way in Mablethorpe.”