There were dramatic scenes in Nowra on Tuesday, as Shoalhaven City Council workers and wildlife crews tried to free a crow which became ensnared in a tree with fishing line.
Council made their way with a cherry picker to the edge of the cliff above Paringa Park on the Shoalhaven River directly opposite Shoalhaven District Hospital, after receiving numerous calls from the public to alert them of the trapped bird.
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One lane of traffic was operating along Scenic Drive, while the rescue was underway.
South Coast Wildlife Rescue’s Nicholas Gibson said the bird had been stuck in the tree for up to 24-hours.
“I believe the bird has been there since yesterday, it was brought to my attention this morning, there’s been lots of phone calls made, we’ve rang every man and his dog to save it and council turned up with a cherry picker,” he said.
The crow could be heard squawking as it clung precariously to the branch, while a sizeable crowd assembled to watch the rescue.
It could be seen repeatedly attempting to fly from its lofty position in the top of the gum tree.
“He was stuck up there doing loops, we will assess it, see what injuries it has and take it into care if need be and then release it,” Mr Gibson said.
The bird was eventually removed from the tree in a dramatic fashion, by cutting the entire branch down in which it was perched.
Council then brought the bird down in the cherry picker for wildlife rescuers to examine, where the fishing line was cut from its lacerated leg.