It was early Friday morning when someone noticed an unusual sea of yellow in a wide-open field in Peterborough, England. Upon closer inspection, they realized it was hundreds upon hundreds of tiny baby chicks. Unable to process how or why all of these motherless chicks ended up alone in a field, the person phoned the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in hopes they would come and rescue the birds.
RSPCA staff arrived on scene as soon as possible, and they too couldn't believe what they were looking at. RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said, “I have never seen anything like it - it was just a sea of yellow.” He added, “And the noise was unbelievable. The chicks are only about a day old and are really tiny and quite delicate.”
Some of the chicks didn’t make it, already dead or dying when rescuers arrived. “Some, sadly, had to be humanely put to sleep.”
Despite losing some of the chicks, the majority were in okay condition and are expected to be just fine. “Thankfully, most of the chicks did not appear to be suffering,” said the RSPCA.
The RSPCA launched an investigation to uncover who left the innocent little chicks to die. Some reports suggest a third party took them from a local commercial chick producer and left them out in the field, although this odd explanation has yet to be confirmed.