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Kebab-loving magpie sent to rehab

The magpie 'Paul Beak' used to steal food from local shops. Credit: ITV Border

A pet magpie that's become addicted to kebabs and fast food, has been rehomed in Cumbria.

Affectionately known as Paul Beak, the one year old magpie is now being weaned off human food, and being cared for by staff at the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust near Wigton. Paul's on a new diet swapping worm meal to sausage roll.

Emma Scott is from the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust:

Food stealing magpie sent to rehab

'Paul Beak' is popular with people from Royton and also has a Facebook and Twitter page. Credit: Royton Magpie Facebook page

A magpie has gone to 'rehab' to be weaned off human life.

Paul Beak, also known as the Royton Magpie, was hand reared as a chick at Royton Cricket Club. As it got older, the magpie began roaming and stealing food from local shops. Despite being popular with Royton residents, its antics led to warnings it could be killed by pest control for environmental health reasons.

The magpie is now at Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust and is being reintroduced into the wild in the next few weeks. It is being weaned off human food in a gradual process but the magpie is expected to return to the trust several times before settling in the wild.

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