The chicken was seen flying within the Scottish council space of Aberdeenshire, the Independent reported, including the Royal Society for the Safety of Birds (RSPB) and native police have launched an investigation into the matter.
“This image of a golden eagle with a entice on its leg is sickening. There isn’t any approach a chicken of prey may change into caught in a legally set entice and as such, it’s completely clear [that] this incident is a results of criminality,” Ian Thomson, the top of investigations for RSPB-Scotland, mentioned in an announcement to the publication.
“There have been numerous incidences the place birds of prey have been caught in related traps leading to fatalities and we’re involved for the destiny of this chicken if it isn’t caught quickly so it may obtain veterinary therapy. We urge the general public to report any sightings to the police.”
The golden eagle is “the highest predator within the Scottish countryside,” notes The Wildlife Trusts. The raptor — which is the nationwide chicken of Germany, Mexico, and Afghanistan — “disappeared” from England and Wales within the 19th century as a result of “extreme persecution,” in line with the trusts.
The chicken is protected beneath the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, per the UK-based information service SWNS.