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.