On Halloween night, we have to say that one the scariest things for our officers (and the animals) is to find an animal stuck on glue. Thankfully, Abracadabra, the Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) was released following a couple of cleaning sessions. But Carmen, the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) rescued today, has gotten very badly stuck to the glue, and we hope that Carmen pulls through this.

Please, please help to spread the word not to use glue boards/traps for any animals

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Pickles, the young Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), was sadly found trapped on a glue trap. Sadly, even after we managed to rescue Pickles off the glue board, there was still a lot of glue left on the body, and may need longer period of recovery. Thanks to the Singapore Zoo for taking Pickles in, and we hope he pulls through this horrible experience.

Thanks to Shaun Spykerman for the photo!

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Yet another case of an owl with glue, this time a Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji) with glue on the feathers. Yoho the owl, was covered in debris collected by the glue. We had removed most of the debris possible, but Yoho may need a longer period of recovery. Thanks to Jurong Bird Park for taking Yoho in.

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This is why I hate glue traps as a form of rodent control – it’s too easy to end up catching some other animal.

Honey, the Barn Owl, was another victim of the cruel and horrible glue traps used in Singapore. Whether a rat or a lizard or a raptor gets stuck to the glue, they take a very painful road to death! Honey did not make it through despite efforts from our team and the care from the Jurong Bird Park.

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As someone commented on the photo, the sad irony is that this owl would probably have done a better job of pest control than the glue board that killed it.