A bird literally on a wire posed a predicament Monday for the San Diego Humane Society.
The humane society got a call Sunday about an osprey tethered by fishing line to her nest atop a 40-foot-tall spotlight pole in the coastal neighborhood of Ocean Beach, the agency’s spokesperson Nina Thompson told USA TODAY.
The osprey attempted to take flight and free herself, but could not because the fishing line only allowed her to get a few feet above the nest. Her partner osprey could be seen flying around nearby, watching the nest and continuing to “bring food to the three nestlings since the other parent was unable,” Thompson said.
First attempt at freeing osprey in San Diego foiled
Humane Officer Lindsey Haskell responded to assess the situation Sunday and an attempt by the San Diego Fire Rescue Department failed because the truck was too heavy for the ground, Thompson said.
SDGE bucket truck has power to free bird
San Diego Gas & Electric Company brought a bucket truck to the scene Monday and the SDG&E crew was able to cut the bird’s left leg free and bring her to the ground.
Dr. Jon Enyart, the senior director of the human society’s Project Wildlife program, gave some direction to the SDG&E crew and they were able to cut the bird free and bring her down to the ground.
Unentangled, osprey gets a health check, then takes wing
When the osprey was on the ground, Enyart removed the fishing line tangled around its claw. He checked the bird for injuries, gave it an injection for hydration and released it.
“The Osprey flew a lap around the baseball diamond, then promptly returned to her nestlings,” Thompson said. “The partner osprey immediately joined the nest as well!.”
Enyart thanked the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department and the SDG&E, and “the good Samaritan who reached out to us.”
“It takes a village to preserve and care for the wildlife we are so fortunate to have in our community,” he said in a statement to USA TODAY. “This Osprey is getting a second chance thanks to all the people who took the time to help.”
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