Buzzard rescued after fishing line ordeal

The Scottish SPCA rescued a buzzard found hanging upside down from a tree after becoming trapped by fishing line.

BuzzardWe were alerted by fishermen who spotted the bird hanging from a tree in the Stoneywood area next to the River Don on Monday (12 September).

The bird was suspended from a branch protruding 10 feet over the water.

One of our officers and three kind-hearted fishermen negotiated a steep 90 foot descent to the river bank to successfully rescue the bird.

Animal Rescue Officer Claire McGillivary said, “This certainly wasn't an easy job and the fishermen bravely went into the water up to their waists.

“One of them had tree loppers and we had to bend the branch down towards us and cut it so that the bird would land in my net.

“There were five different fishing lines attached to its feet and one had been caught through its talon.

“I don't believe the buzzard was hanging there for too long but because it was very windy, it was swinging around which could have easily caused dislocation of the leg.

“The bird was taken to a local vets to have the fishing line removed and thankfully, there wasn't much damage.

“The gentlemen who assisted me were absolutely amazing and a great help - I can't thank them enough.”

Fisherman Martin Roberts said, “We were all very pleased with this outcome and it was great to see the bird fully recovered being released back into its natural habitat.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Bird rescued by the Scottish SPCA being fed

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