Fire crew free bird trapped up 25ft tree in Christchurch Park
- Credit: Matthew Tostevin
Firefighters were called to Christchurch Park following concerns of a bird that had become trapped up a 25ft tree.
A black-headed gull had caught its leg in a branch of a tree in the middle of Wilderness Pond in Christchurch Park yesterday, March 8.
The bird. which was flailing around 25ft up the tree, caught the attention of passersby and a park worker called Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.
A crew from Prince Street Fire Station came to the scene with an engine.
They used a nine-metre ladder to get to the tree.
A firefighter then climbed up the tree and used a saw to cut through the branch.
Rescue team ladder Simon Paterson said: “One of our animal rescue leads has had a look at the bird and given it a bit of a check over and it’s all fine apart from a little cut on its leg where it had become trapped in the branch.
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“Most of our work with birds is normally birds that are trapped in netting above shops. It’s unusual for us to go and get a bird out of a tree in a park.”
After its liberation, the bird swam in the pond, which is home to dozens of black-headed gulls during the winter.