IMG_20170709_095604914RSPCA Cymru and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have worked together to rescue a young gull chick which had fallen from a nest and landed between plant pots. 

The Cardiff gull was found to be uninjured, but had been separated from his parents for more than 24 hours.

RSPCA Cymru enlisted the support of firefighters who returned the baby chick to the nest, atop a two story house on Mafeking Road in the Penylan area of the city. The rescue took place on Sunday (9 July).

Members of the public cheered and celebrated the safe return of the gull, with an RSPCA officer saying the rescue was a “great advert of working in collaboration to support animals”.

The RSPCA also publishes an advice guide on what members of the public should do if they see a baby gull separated from parents.

Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector, said:  “We’re hugely grateful for the support of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service in helping this stranded gull. This was a great advert of working in collaboration to support animals.

“The poor gull had fallen from this Penylan rooftop, and had been stuck for more than 24 hours.

“Fortunately, the gull was safely returned uninjured to the nest. Quite a crowd had gathered to watch the rescue, and it was fantastic to chat to residents about our work, and what we do to help animals – like this gull chick.”

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said, “We are happy to have provided assistance and a successful outcome to this incident and would urge the public to follow the RSPCA guidance should they encounter a gull or other bird in similar distress.”

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