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Seagulls stuck in aerials lead to 999 calls

Seagulls becoming trapped in TV aerials, falling off roofs and being shot with air rifles are just some of the reasons for calls made to the emergency services. Details released to the Gazette reveal police and fire brigade crews have responded to a dozen incidents across Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay and Whitstable in the last three years. It includes six incidents where seagulls have become trapped at a great height, requiring specialist fire brigade equipment to be used to rescue them. Meanwhile, the police have recorded calls from the public about gulls being shot with air rifles, and even concern about a baby seagull falling off a roof. Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman James Finch said that using the hi-tech equipment was justified. He said:

“If we didn’t attend we know from past experience that people could be injured or put themselves into dangerous situations while attempting to rescue the animal themselves. The rescue of larger animals does present a number of hazards which do require specialist equipment and highly-trained staff. Larger animals are normally rescued by a team of firefighters using a rescue unit, based at Faversham. For smaller animals, we would only attend if requested by the RSPCA.”

Herne Bay Gazette, January 15th 2015

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