Dorset

Trapped hawk rescued from tree in Blandford

Rescued hawk
Image caption Crews used specialist rescue equipment to free the bird which had been trapped 30ft (9m) up the tree

A bird of prey had to be rescued by fire crews after it became trapped up a tree in Dorset.

The Harris Hawk, which has a 4ft (1m) wing span, became stuck when its tethering rope got tangled up in branches.

Firefighters were called to Becket Close, Blandford, at about 1620 GMT on Monday.

They used specialist rescue equipment to free the bird which had been trapped 30ft (9m) up the tree.

Group manager Phil Allen said: "It quickly became apparent that anyone tempted to rescue the bird would have put themselves in extreme danger, not only because of the height but because of the thinness and unpredictable strength of the branches.

"[We] were able to install a safe working system using ropes and harnesses which ensured the safety of the firefighter undertaking the rescue."

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