Fire crew saves stranded heron

PUBLISHED: 18:06 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 06 May 2010

A HERON had to be saved by firefighters when it became tangled in a kite line which was suspended 20 feet off the ground between two trees. The bird was discovered hanging by its wing in the car park of Verulamium Museum in St Michael s Street, St Albans,

A HERON had to be saved by firefighters when it became tangled in a kite line which was suspended 20 feet off the ground between two trees.

The bird was discovered hanging by its wing in the car park of Verulamium Museum in St Michael's Street, St Albans, at around 7.30am on Sunday morning.

The RSPCA officer called to the scene thought the bird had probably been hanging there all night and said it had managed to wrap the kite line around its wing about 40 times in its struggle.

The animal charity had to call on the help of a fire crew from St Albans to help free the Heron which was distressed.

Firefighters called in the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) from Stevenage to reach the bird and it took around 90 minutes to free it from the line.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said it appeared that the bird escaped with feather damage for which it was receiving treatment at the Tiggywinkles Animal Sanctuary in Aylesbury.

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