Starling’s startling rescue from behind boiler
Bird flaps off to freedom
The RSPCA rescued a starling which was stuck behind a boiler on Friday (14 November).
The bird had managed to get down the flue and behind the boiler in a bungalow on Westbury Court, Hedge End, Southampton. The first the homeowners knew of the starling was when they saw insulation material on their table and floor.
They took the front cover off the boiler unit and contacted the RSPCA.
Inspector Tina Ward attended and realised the bird was perching on a pipe trapped between the pump wires and boiler. She had to get him to the wider side so that he could fly out of the space and used her finger to encourage him to the larger space.
Once there, the bird realised that he could just hop onto another pipe and fly to freedom.
Inspector Ward said: “The rescue really didn’t take very long and it was just a case of helping the starling into a space that he could escape from himself. It was great to see him fly straight out the back door and join a flock of other starlings who were flying past – it made my day.”
The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations to exist. To help us with rescues like this one please text HELP to 78866 to donate £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).