A team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue defied the odds after rescuing a stranded buzzard trapped over 20 feet above the ground.
Charity staff were alerted to the bird’s distress after it managed to become entangled in a large safety net at Enmore Park Golf Club in Somerset.
Graeme Thompson, a volunteer response driver at the charity, was dispatched to rescue the bird.
“When I arrived, I thought it was an impossible rescue because of how high the bird was suspended from the ground,” Graeme told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
“The net was free-standing, so it was a struggle to find somewhere safe to prop up the ladder to reach the bird.”
“Thankfully, a neighbour lent his help and strength to enable us to reach the bird. I’ve been to many tricky rescues during my time at Secret World; this was one of the trickiest!”
Graeme took the buzzard back to Secret World for a full assessment by the charity’s care team.
Emily Redman, pictured here, assessed the bird and although it appeared to be in good physical condition with a healthy weight of over a kilogram, its right leg was stiff and its talons were clenched owing to the time suspended in the net.
Emily told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We tube-syringed the bird with rehydration fluid and pain killers. In order to protect his tail feathers, we placed them in a protective sleeve for the duration of its hospitalisation.”
“Once he’s fully recovered and rested, we’ll release him back into the wild.”