Crow away

on 11 May 2017.

crow rescure marlborough

Firemen: the brave heroes who rescue us from raging fires and extract the injured from mangled vehicles. But yesterday in Marlborough the officers of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service assumed a happier task in liberating a flightier soul.

Concerned shop assistants on Kingsbury Street in Marlborough first contacted the RSPCA at 2:00p.m on Friday after becoming aware of a large crow caught in wire netting on the roof of the Town Hall.

The lower end of Kingsbury Street was closed by two Police cars as officers diverted traffic allowing the fire service access with a large Aerial Ladder Platform which was then hydraulically stabalised to effect the rescue. Natalie Turner, from antiques store The Cats Whiskers, said that she and others, including staff at the Town Hall, were much relieved to see rescue services arrive having been worried for the birds welfare since early afternoon.

At around 6.30pm the Fire Service were set to make the three storey ascent allowing animal rescue specialist Paul Noke to extricate the rather flustered but seemingly uninjured crow.

Officer Noke said the bird did not appear to have been harmed by its ordeal and would be handed over to the RSPCA for a thorough MOT before being released. He said this had been his second rescue today following a previous cat in a tree.

Commenting on how common these animal rescues are he said, “We actually get far more calls out to birds trapped in netting than cats in trees due to the increased use of netting on private and municipal buildings, it’s becoming a real problem for us”.

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