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Fire crew save gull in trees; RESCUE.

FIREFIGHTERS flew into action to use a crane to rescue a gull which had been trapped in fishing line between two tall trees.

A crew from Highgate Fire Station winged it to Selly Oak Road at 2.20pm yesterday after the gull got entangled.

Concerned members of the public, including schoolchildren, raised the alarm after they spotted the bird writhing around in distress in the tree as it tried in vain to free itself.

Firefighter Mark Dixon and an officer from the RSPCA travelled up together in the cabin of the hydraulic platform and soon freed the trapped bird.

Mr Dixon explained: "It was quite clear that the gull was in distress. The fishing line was caught between the two trees in the wind and two gulls had flown straight into it.

"Kids from a nearby school were watching and getting concerned. We cut the fishing line and the RSPCA took it away to be cared for."

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Date:Jan 5, 2016
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