The RSPCA is no stranger to bird rescues, especially birds that are entangled in netting! A juvenile magpie in Runcorn has been the most recent rescue call out – both its legs were tied up! The precious magpie was entangled in cotton string. Whilst Nicole our Rescue Officer was cutting the string free from its feet, his sibling and parents were anxiously watching on. The string was tight, but luckily not tight enough to have caused damage.
After Nicole checked that he still could use his feet, she was able to release him! Guess where he went? Straight back to his mum, once able to walk freely again. The lovely caller hadn’t slept for three nights because she was so worried about the little magpie she saw in a tangle, luckily the rescue was a great outcome for everyone!
Fishing lures, hooks and line are other hazards for birds and often can cause an entangled bird to have serious injuries, sometimes even resulting in death. In another recent case, Nicole was back out rescuing a seagull that had a fishing lure go through the top and bottom of his beak! He couldn’t even open his mouth to eat. Once rescued, Nicole took the seagull back to our Wildlife Hospital. Luckily, this little seagull was treated and made a full recovery. He’s now been released back into the wild!
This is an important reminder to always dispose of your fishing waste mindfully. This poor seagull would have died of starvation without rescue.
Seen an animal in need of rescuing? Contact our 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).