BAD HAIR DAY

Fortunately for most of us bed hair is only a temporary condition.

However for Pierre, a rescued cockerel at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium, it’s a permanent problem.

The feathered fiend arrived at the North Tyneside attraction after being rehomed by the Sunderland-based charity Pawz For Thought.

Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “We understand Pierre was originally rescued by the RSPCA and was given a temporary home by the volunteers at Pawz For Thought.

“We already have a group of five rescued chickens here at the aquarium and they got in touch with us to see if we could offer him a permanent place to stay.

“Lyn from the charity had told us he was quite an unusual looking species but even we weren’t quite prepared when he first came out of the box!

“He also seemed to cause a certain amount of interest from the other chickens as I don’t think they had even seen anything quite like it before either.

“Basically if you can imagine the worst bad hair day ever and then multiply it be 10, then that gives you a rough idea of what Pierre has to put up with,” she added.

His bizarre appearance may have ruffled a few feathers amongst his fowl friends but Pierre seems oblivious to his ‘unique’ look.

“Despite looking like he’s been dragged through a hedge backwards, he’s actually a very confident cockerel and is already starting to rule the roost,” added Anna.

Blue Reef has been working closely with the charity Pawz for Thought for over 10 years to provide immediate rescue for seal pups. Earlier this year they opened a purpose-built Marine Rescue Centre at the aquarium to provide emergency treatment for stranded seal pups and other marine life.

For more information on Pawz For Thought call 0191 567 5194 or visit www.pawzforthought.org.