‘Nando the cock’ adopted by uni lads outside chicken shop causes mayhem in halls

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A couple of plucky students adopted a cockerel after spotting it outside a Nando’s during a boozy night out – before it caused mayhem in their flats.

Stanley Willey, 21, saw the animal by the restaurant in Sheffield’s city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning, March 28.

A group of lads were stood around the bird – dubbed Nando the cock – and taking pictures with their flashes on before the journalism student intervened.

He and his mate made a series of calls to the police and the RSPCA, and then had the eggcelent idea of taking the bird back to their Sheffield University halls of residence, Shef Live originally reported.

However, Nando’s racket woke up hundreds of students – putting them in a 'fowl' mood.

Their flatmate Harvey Broad, 19, told the Daily Star: “He (Stanley) could see it was really distressed, so he went and picked it up and decided to bring it back to the accommodation because he didn’t feel comfortable leaving it out in the middle of the road.

“He brought it back, it was just over half a mile away from our accommodation and then we brought it back to the flat.

“We put it into the bike lock thing under our accommodation because it was quite quiet, a pretty big space, and it’s only accessed by a few people.”

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Stanley added: “He seemed really happy to come with me. I know how to pick up cocks so it wasn’t distressed.

"We took him back to our flat and gave him some water and seeded bread because what else do students feed a cockerel.”

They called the RSPCA, but the helpline was shut until 7am.

Accommodation security came to take a look and just “started laughing” at the lads.

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One of them told the group: “We’ve never seen anything like that, we’ve been doing this for 30 years.”

The cockerel’s relentless crowing had students in a flap and was keeping them awake.

Harvey said: “It started crowing and basically going absolutely mental, because that’s what cockerels do.

“The light was always on, you can’t turn the light off in the bike shed."

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Poppy Fisher, 19, eventually decided to let it go after getting fed up with the cock-a-doodle-dos.

She said: “At first I was very confused, my whole flat had woken up because of the noise so we decided to follow it.

“We opened the door to the bike shed and the cockerel just ran out. We had no idea what to do from there.

“It was so loud it seemed like it was just outside my window.”

Two of Harvey's housemates, Caitlin Maskell, 18, and Lauryn Fearnett, 19, were able to track it down after following the racket.

Harvey was then finally able to persuade the RSPCA to take the pesky bird off his hands around 2pm.

He explained: “I got put in touch with an animal sanctuary who basically said you just need to blag it to the RSPCA – tell them he’s escaped, tell them he’s in the middle of the road and he’s a risk to cars, people and himself.

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“That was at about 12pm and then a couple of hours later the RSPCA finally sent someone to come and collect him.”

Stanley “almost broke into tears” because he “hadn’t been able to say goodbye” to his feathered friend.

Harvey added: “Unless we lied, I think Nando would still be here. It’s all very weird. I mean, why was he on a main road? And outside Nando’s?”

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