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Tacoma fire crew rescues snagged owl

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2012 at 9:12 am with No Comments »
October 26, 2012 9:14 am

Here’s a twist on the old firefighter-saves-treed-cat story. Tacoma Fire reports that earlier this week, a crew saved a large owl that had been snagged on fishing line in a tree on the banks of the Puyallup River.

When the crew of Engine 12 arrived, the distressed bird had been dangling helplessly above the water for several hours. A concerned citizen had contacted the Tacoma Fire Department as a last resort after being unable to find assistance elsewhere.

After freeing the owl by using a long pike pole, Firefighter Mark Snyder guided the bird to shore while Lt. Andy Leitner contacted Bird Rescue for instructions on handling. The owl was later examined and treated by a veterinarian.

More details and photos of the rescue on to Tacoma Fire blog.

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