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Animal lovers have lashed out at 'callous criminals' who left a cockerel trapped in a wheelie bin. The Telegraph reports the outrage today, adding that it has raised fears of a wave of copycock cat animal/wheelie bin outrages. Freddie the cockerel was apparently scooped out of a wheelie bin at a block of flats in Gloucester …


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  1. James Hughes 1

    C'mon people

    Surely a better headline woudl have been

    "Cock pulled out of dirty box at the last minute"

  2. Ben Oldham
    IT Angle

    I'm disappointed

    That no mention was made of the business of the "poultry farmer"

    Her youtube video's are epic!

    1. Ian K

      Poultry farmer?

      Or pheasant plucker?

      Thumb Up


      Thanks Ben, glad to be of service - Bu-CAWK!!


  3. Martin 19


    People 'round there are always putting their cocks in inappropiate places.

  4. lansalot


    "if it's without water for 24 hours, it will die within a week"

    Just out of interest, what if you rescue it at hour 36 and pump it full of lucozade - will it still die?

  5. Anonymous Coward

    "if it's without water for 24 hours, it will die within a week"

    That sentence hurts my brain.

    1. Bucky 2

      Probably Kidney failure

      Not a vet. Just my guess.

      Prolonged dehydration probably leads to kidney failure. Even after rehydration, the kidneys are probably still screwed up, and that's probably what leads to death in a week.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Never thought of it from that angle. I now am learn more.

  6. Michael Souris
    IT Angle

    And the IT angle is?

    Presumably the opportunity to put the word "cock" in a headline...

    1. A. Coatsworth

      RE: And the IT angle is?

      >>"Presumably the opportunity to put the word "cock" in a headline..."

      You said it as if it is a bad thing to do...

      I for one welcome our cock-pulling poultry-saving overlords (or ladies)

  7. Anonymous Coward


    At sunday lunch being dumped in a bin.

    In other news, sex pedo murderer get 100hrs community service.

    Which one deserved the front of the paper.

    Countrys a joke along with its justice system.

    Its a fucking bird, kentucky fried chicken kills hundreds of thousands a day. Isn't that worth the front page. No, neither was this.

    1. Rattus Rattus

      The Daily Mail is over that way -->


  8. mafoo


    "Animal rights activists are outraged at an bear being left in a wheely bin."

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      But perhaps the rest of us will get to chortle at: "world + dog entirely unmoved by animal rights activist trapped in wheelie bin"

    2. Havin_it

      You obviously

      went to the same school of indefinite-article-mangling as the author, with his "an distressed state".

      1. mafoo

        now you mention it

        I was going to put elephant in instead of bear, but thought "no, that would just be silly".

        Seems I forgot to change the indefinite article.

    3. hplasm

      Bear found stuck in matchbox!!

      Film at 11...

  9. irish donkey

    disgusted that someone has placed a living animal inside a wheelie bin

    We regulary used put geeky kids in the wheelie bins.................

    oh OK it was me that was put in the wheelie bin. Everybody just laughed even my best friend!

    How times have changed now somebody is disgusted by it.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      "We regulary used put geeky kids in the wheelie bins"

      And now "we" are used to serving said "geeky kids" at the "drive through".

    2. darksentinel
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      Richard? Is that you?

      Long time no see!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What ever next .....

    So that is Pussy and now Cock found in wheelie bins. Not too sure why I keep thinking of my ex wife. Oh well, probably time to go home.

    1. Annihilator


      I'm not convinced it even happened. I think the opportunity for selling a "cock in a bin" alongside a "pussy in a bin" was too much to pass up. Look at the sources, it doesn't even say the RSPCA rescued the bird, only that a mysterious someone rescued the bird.

      I smell a cunning stunt..

      1. CADmonkey

        Just wait..

        Next week will be 'Tits in a bin" maybe followed by a bum, or even a knob

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Next Outrage .......

          Nah next outrage will have to be Black and Blue Beaten Beaver in bin, and if not that Killer Whale in wheelietastic horrorothan willie now.......

  11. Andus McCoatover

    Thank God it was only one cock.

    ...not a cockatoo, else El. Moderatrix wou'dn't get any serous work done, deflecting the comments.

  12. ElReg!comments!Pierre

    Glad to know that CCTV have a real use

    Forget terr'sts, slightly awkward old catladies are the real threat this days.

  13. bluesxman

    Title as per icon

    "if it's without water for 24 hours, it will die within a week" ... Do they mean that if it's waterless for 24 hours it's irrevocably damaged and will die regardless of any re-hydration attempts? Sounds a little weird.

    Also, if the Telegraph was so worried about copycats, perhaps they should not have reported on it and thus wouldn't have put the idea into the heads of miscreants who are so inclined to do such things? Just a thought.

    Sadly animal cruelty is goes on all the time, without it making the papers; what's so special about this case?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      How about...

      ...the feeble excuse to use "cock" in a headline.

      It's all a bit tacky isn't it?

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: How about...

        What's your point, caller?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward


          I would gladly sell all of my children and my previous wife for more of this sort of reporting..... mind you I would gladly sell all of my children and ex for almost anything and nothing.

    2. hplasm

      If it's without water for ...

      a week + 24 hours, it turns into a chicken stock cube.

  14. Anonymous Coward


    Now if only the perpetrator of this heinous crime had tried to strangle the poor bird first. Imagine the fun El Reg could have had with that one?

    1. Andus McCoatover

      Choke that Chicken...

      "The Last Ninja", IIRC?

  15. Anonymous Coward

    I completely understand.

    If there was a cockerel anywhere near my house waking me up at the crack of dawn every sodding day, it wouldn't be in a distressed state in a wheelie-bin it would be Sunday lunch.

  16. peyton?
    Paris Hilton

    A bit off topic, but...

    If a bird goes 24 hours without water, then you give it water (and whatever else it likes), it will still die later that week?

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  18. Anonymous Coward


    Animal cruelty aside, are you really that bored that you have to go out of your way to put an animal in a giant box, just for kicks? Get a fucking life you retards!

  19. Ryan 20

    James in our office has requested a photo...


  20. Alex, Leeds

    Fowl play!

    "For anything in the bird world, if it's without water for 24 hours, it will die within a week."

    Does that mean they get seven days to say fairwell to all their friends before choosing a cosy spot to curl up... or is the quote just wrong?

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    ' our experience'

    '...cockerels are always slightly agitated'. Um....and of what, pray tell, does your experience consist?

    Is this something to do with the PFY's aviary of carrion eaters at Vulture Central? Or a previous BOFH cock fighting experience that was unfortunately cancelled after one of the combatants misunderstood the whole 'cock' fighting proposition and had to be hospitalised after overdosing on viagra?

    Paris, cos she knows all about fighting cocks. Possibly.

  22. Neil Greatorex

    Can't parse this sentence

    "For anything in the bird world, if it's without water for 24 hours, it will die within a week."


  23. Mike Shepherd
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    No, but seriously...

    "He was found just hours before the binmen were due...". Hmm. Hours? Not exactly "snatched from the jaws of death", then?

    "The animal was in an distressed state". Hmm...Put a bird in the dark and it will just go to sleep. You can see it when there's a total solar eclipse.

    "An RSPCA inspector told the Telegraph: "I am disgusted. I care about life forms. I'm taking a bath this evening and am off right now to say requiem mass for the bacteria".

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There's people dying on our streets

    And kids starving in Africa. But this makes the news?!?

    1. Cunningly Linguistic


      ...there was a perfectly good chicken going and some sod binned it instead of putting it in a Jiffy bag and mailing it to Africa. Some people eh?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        And who will you give it to?

        Not only which, the point of the question was why an animal is more important than our human problems in the world. I don't feel antagonism for animals but for gods sake, we have people starving, dying, getting molested by the pope and his ilk; but hey save the whales gets more attention than any of these issues.

        1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

          Re: And who will you give it to?

          Don't be daft. It's OK to give a shit about these things inbetween giving a shit about all the others. You can't rank everything in order of ultimate importance.

          It's very glib to suggest animal issues get more attention than human ones - people just come out with that when they want to wring their hands over how no one cares about what they should. Except that they do. Just not everything all at once. If you did that you couldn't get out of bed for angst.

          1. Andus McCoatover

            If you did that you couldn't get out of bed for angst.

            Sarah, given that last sentence, I'm surprised you make it to work in the mornings...."I See Comments. Dead Comments. Idiotic Comments"...

            (And I'm sure you're gonna nail this one as one as well)

  25. Anonymous Coward


    Throwing away a perfectly good cat and now a rooster? While people are starving in China?

  26. Cunningly Linguistic

    So what...

    ...happened to recycling, sheesh. Surely it should have gone in the "food waste" bin?

  27. alexh2o

    Coq au Bin anyone?

    ..I'll get my coat!

  28. Anonymous Coward

    why ?

    @Michael Souris

    Why ask what the IT? angle is ? ffs! it's in odds & sods, which tends to not be about IT at all but slightly weird & run stories to alleviate the boredom of constantly reading IT stories.

    Plus, the headline gives it away that there's likely to be no IT? angle, so don't read the f*ing story just to complain about a lack of an IT? angle you DOYLE

  29. Manolo
    Paris Hilton

    Evil birds from hell

    Roosters are evil birds from hell. I live on a tiny Caribbean island where farm animals roam free. Chicken and roosters are a plague here. Starting just around midnight, one rooster will wake up and start to call. Not a decent "cock-a-doodle-doo" but a hysteric screaming at the top of its voice, sounding completely distorted. At this, every cock within hearing range will respond to this by doing the same. As does every rooster within hearing range of the responding cocks. This way, it spreads like wild fire all over the island, untill they all are screaming. After twenty minutes or so, it dies down. This process repeats itself all through the night at approximately one hour intervals. Needless to say, I try to kill this vermin whenever I can. Problem however is, they are armour plated. I shoot at them with an air gun. If you don't get really close to them or give them a proper head shot, pellets have no effect on them. I can shoot through two layers of a can, but when shooting at a rooster at the same distance, it just jumps in the air, clucks insulted and trots off. Seriously, the US Army should look in to covering their vehicles in rooster feathers to protect them from IED's. My greatest moment a victory was when a suicidal rooster lunged itself at my jeep and ran under the rear wheels, resulting in a very satisfactory "thud". Ever seen a (seemingly) innocent and cute chick eat a small lizard? Chicken are the devils servants on earth.

    (Paris, because she knows a thing or two about..., What? To easy? Never mind...)

    1. CADmonkey

      Your tiny screaming Caribean island sounds idyllic

      What I wouldn't give to be sitting offshore in a boat one night listening to the gunshots, crowing and swearing.

  30. jake Silver badge

    Damn ...

    First the Bulgarians bag a German pair, and now this ... I was hoping it was Friday! Stop your malicious teasing, ElReg!

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    its a chicken

    i went to a chicken shop in Goa, you point to a chicken and the guy slits its throat and chucks it in a bucket (not unlike a wheelie bin) and it runs till it dies.

    so maybe the culprit thought this was a more humane way of doing it, he was depriving it of water for 24 hours then coming back, taking it home and having a chicken dinner next week when it chucks it, ach bollocks to it lets see if we can get more and more exotic pets chucked in wheelie bins, I'll see your cat an and chicken and raise you a fuckin mini hippo

  32. Grivas Bo Diddly Harm

    Coq au Bin


  33. Anonymous Coward

    Animals in recepticles

    Schrödinger did it all the time with poison and radioactive elements and no-one complained.

  34. GrahamT

    Cock and Bull story

    Free range birds get most of their water from their food. Caged birds have water on tap as they are fed mainly dry meal. If there were a few cabbage stalks, maggots and such in the bin then the cock wouldn't have dehydrated. A cockspur would make short work of a plastic bag.

    One wonders if the poultry farmer is really an egg factory operative, rather than a son of the soil.

    Putting a cock in a wheelie bin is considered cruel, but 30,000 chickens in a battery shed, to get cheap eggs, is OK? there would be at least 4 battery hens in the area of a bin, with a lot less volume, depending how full the bin was.

    (Chicken vaccinator and egg picker in a previous life. I couldn't eat chicken meat or eggs for ten years after.)

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Cock and Bull story

      I don't think anyone's saying that's OK at all. It's just self-evidently nasty and pointless to put any living thing in this specific situation.

      1. GrahamT

        My point

        My point was the hypocracy of the press getting in a tiz over one cock, that probably wasn't that traumatised, and probably not in that much danger, (tough old birds, cocks) but not raising an eyebrow at the plight of millions of factory animals.

        I'm not a vegetarian or animal rights activist, but I think animals should be treated right before they are despatched.

        For a cock that treatment should include marinating in red wine and slow cooking for several hours with bacon and leeks. (tough old birds, cocks)

  35. Grumpy Fellow

    I can empathize with the chicken

    A few months back I had reason to climb into one of those really big dumpsters (tossed something in by mistake) and I was shocked to discover that they only weld steps onto the outside. The inside is smooth as glass (and a bit slimy). Thought I was a goner! Fortunately I was able to pile up enough trash to climb out before the trash truck arrived. I'm thinking it likely that the chicken made the same mistake that I did.

  36. BitBotherer

    Wheelie bin

    I can get three sheep in my wheelie but they makes a lot of noise and it scares the postman or one cow but I need my friends to help me and where would you get a cow around here ffs.



    Why throw a sentient creature into a bin? It's irresponsible.

    If they didn't want it and couldn't find a home for it, they could have brought it to us, for dispatch according to Humane Slaughter Association Guidelines.

    People should not hatch out eggs if they are unwilling to deal with any surplus males, which inevitably result.

  38. Gordon Matson

    This is getting out of hand

    Last week I opened my wheelie bin and some sod had put a wasp in there.

  39. BitBotherer

    He read

    the story about woman+cat+wheelie bin and thought fuck it I can do more than 17 hours but some do gooder pulled him out before he got in the Guiness book of records.

    It's friday and on a clear day you can smell the pub from here.

  40. Andy 4

    Re:Evil birds from hell

    I've noticed when shooting Magpies and Pigeons the same thing - the feathers seem to have some sort of deflection ability. The key I found out is to use sharps instead of flats - the pellets then go through no problem. The downside being you have to finish them off more often.

  41. Anonymous Coward

    A few hours later and it could have been

    Cock au Van

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