The Telegraph

Tesco threatened to shoot a protected pied wagtail which has been fluttering round one of its supermarkets, prompting outrage from customers, environmentalists and a BBC wildlife presenter.

The seven inch long bird has been flying around the aisles of a superstore for several weeks, evading all attempts to capture it.

Losing patience, Tesco applied for a licence from Natural England this week, allowing it to be shot amid fears that it posed a public health risk at the store in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

However the supermarket chain was forced to back down after it was hit with protests from customers after a local newspaper revealed that the bird faced being destroyed by a marksman with an air rifle when the store closes after 4pm this Sunday.

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