Stricken Seagull Ziplines Down to Safety


A seagull was found dangling from a telephone pole after he managed to get a wad of fishing line stuck to his foot. A group of firefighters and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) worked together to get the bird out of its predicament.

It’s believed that the bird got caught up in the wire after a hook on the fishing line pierced part of its foot. It then became entangled with the telephone wires after it snagged onto the line. This left the injured bird hanging upside down over 30 feet off the ground above a car park.

Local residents contacted the RSPCA and after checking out the situation, Inspector Kirsty Keogh-Laws called a group of firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for assistance.

The group managed to slide the bird along the cable as if it was a zipline to the closest pole and lift it down to safety.

Keogh-Laws discussed the incident further: “It was one of the most bizarre rescues I’ve seen. The gull’s foot was impaled by the hook, and he’d managed to get the lure trapped in the telegraph wire.

“When I first saw him, he was flapping around and obviously in pain. But fire officers from Sunderland Red Watch came out and they managed to pull the bird across to a pole using a throw line.

“The vet wasn’t too concerned about the gull’s foot. There was nothing broken, and he had movement in both legs.

“After he was given pain relief he was taken to the local rescue, and he will be released back into the wild after a period of recuperation.”


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