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Crow rescued in 40ft tree

Bird trapped in fishing lines in Barnstaple

A crow in North Devon has been rescued by the fire and rescue service after getting stuck in a 40ft tree.

Barnstaple Fire and Rescue received a number of calls from the public who spotted the struggling bird. 

Writing on Facebook, North Devon Animal Ambulance said: "A big Thank You goes to the members public who rang us late yesterday afternoon to say a poor crow was trapped 40 ft up a tree by fishing line attached to its leg.

"It was stuck in a tree near the Leisure Centre in Barnstaple. Also, thanks to Barnstaple Fire and Rescue who responded, as always, to my call for assistance and successfully released the bird who would have certainly died a slow and miserable death otherwise.

"North Devon is so lucky to have emergency services who have compassion in addition to practicality. The fire service in this case not only saved the bird but also prevented a potential accident as several kind youngsters were about to climb the tree and rescue the bird themselves. This could easily have ended in a very nasty accident. Only reassurances that the Fire Service were on the way stopped them."

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