Bling Bling the pigeon saved by good Samaritan shopkeepers in Northampton

Liya Patel, owner of Bling Bling on the corner of Abington Street has helped nurse a pigeon back to health this week after it walked into her shop with a broken wing.
Liya Patel, owner of Bling Bling on the corner of Abington Street has helped nurse a pigeon back to health this week after it walked into her shop with a broken wing.

A plucky pigeon was fortunate he stumbled into a friendly shopkeeper’s store after suffering an injury in Northampton.

The stricken bird broke his right wing after colliding with a building on Abington Street on Monday.

Badly hurt and unable to fly, he walked into the Bling Bling store on the corner of the street.

But rather than being shooed away, owner of the store Liya Patel, 37, took him in.

She said: “He was bleeding really badly so I got a cab and took him into Abington vets. They gave him an x-ray and provided us with some medication.

“They said the best thing for him would be to keep him and nurse him back to health.”

And that’s exactly what Mrs Patel and her husband Dixit, 35, did.

Since Monday the pigeon - now named Bling Bling after the shop - has been staying in a carpet-lined cardboard box in the store while he builds up strength.

They even paid a £96 veterinary bill for his medication and treatment and have bought bird feed for him.

“We have been letting him out for a few minutes a day, but he hasn’t flown yet,” Mrs Patel added.

“All of the customers like him - they think we’re really good people for taking him in.

“Some people have said, why don’t you just kick him outside?

“But at the end of the day he would have died if we had just left him.

“We thought if we did something good, then something good would happen to us in return.”

The Patel family are no strangers to caring for birds, as they have had a pet parrot in the family for 28 years.

Mrs Patel said she will keep Bling Bling, the pigeon, in her garden now until he recovers.

Bling Bling, the shop, situated at 1 Abington Street on the corner of Market Square, has been open for over a year selling all manner of items from toys to carpets, rugs and Italian furniture.