THREE students have been praised by an RSPCA inspector for going “above and beyond” to help a trapped bird.
Ed Bray, 21, Dale Lerwill, 20 and Grace Mahony, 21, who have just finished their second year at the University of South Wales, contacted the RSPCA after they found a lethargic young gull tangled in netting on the roof of their flat on St Mary’s Street in Cardiff city centre.
“We could see him from our window and it looked like he could die any second,” said Ed. “He looked really weak and was stuck in netting.”
Becoming increasingly worried about the bird, the students managed to find a safe route to where it was and with the help of RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels they moved the gull to a safe place.
Inspector Daniels said: “The students were able to find a safe way onto the roof behind the flats and were able to free the gull from the netting as they were really worried about the gull.
“The gull was very weak but as soon as he was given some food he perked up a bit. We moved the gull to a nearby safe area and there were parent birds nearby.
“The three students really went above and beyond to rescue this gull who had got itself into a tricky situation. We would really like to thank them for their efforts.”
Although inspector Daniels added that in this case the students were able to safely get to the bird, members of the public – however well-meaning they are – do need to make sure they don’t put themselves in danger to rescue animals in distress.
“We would always advise people to call us first if they find an animal in distress on 0300 1234 999,” she added.
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- Address where netting is located (include postcode where possible).
- Owner of property or company (if known) and address if different to above.
- Date(s) of incident.
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