Gull trapped in netting in Cardiff city centre rescued by firefighters

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Firefighters rescued the trapped gull from Cardiff city centre (RSPCA/PA)
Firefighters rescued the trapped gull from Cardiff city centre (RSPCA/PA)

A gull has been rescued after getting stuck in netting between a Greggs, a gym and a cocktail bar.

The RSPCA was alerted last week by a member of the public who had spotted the gull’s plight on Park Place in Cardiff

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels attended and firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service used ladders to reach the gull and bring him to safety.

Firefighters rescued the trapped gull from Cardiff city centre where it was stuck between a Greggs, a bar and a gym (RSPCA/PA).
Firefighters rescued the trapped gull from Cardiff city centre where it was stuck between a Greggs, a bar and a gym (RSPCA/PA).

The bird was transferred to a veterinary practice for assessment and is now at a specialist animal rescue centre in Herefordshire ahead of an anticipated return to the wild.

Inspector Daniels said: “This gull was found on netting between Greggs, a health club and a cocktail bar – so we’re not quite sure if he fancied a workout, a night out or a snack.

“But in all seriousness – the poor bird was in a terrible tangle and we had to enlist the support of our friends at Whitchurch fire station to help.

“It’s another advert of what we can do together for animal welfare.

The gull is now being rehabilitated before being released back into the wild (RSPCA/PA).
The gull is now being rehabilitated before being released back into the wild (RSPCA/PA).

“Thankfully, they were able to get him down and after a check over at the vets, we transferred the gull to a specialist centre in Herefordshire for ongoing rehabilitation.

“Netting on buildings can be a challenging obstacle for wild birds, like this gull. The RSPCA continues to highlight the role of safer alternatives in keeping animals safe and well.”

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