A buzzard who got herself tangled 40ft up a tree was rescued in a joint operation between the RSPCA and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A member of the public called the RSPCA after they spotted the buzzard tangled in the tree in Thornton Road, in Ellesmere Port, on Friday (29 April).

The Finnish Goshawk, owned by a member of the public, had broken free from her tether, which was still attached to her when she

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flew away. The tether then got tangled up in the tree when she landed in it.

RSPCA inspector Leanne Cragg, who attended the rescue, said: “Initially the fire brigade had a bit of trouble getting the ladder up in the right place and had to chop some branches away but thankfully they got the bird down to safety.

“Apart from some minor injuries sustained from the branches, the bird is doing well. She was taken to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich to be checked over before being picked up by her concerned owner later that day.

“The fire brigade did an excellent job in helping to rescue her – I can’t thank them enough for their help.”

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