A call to rescue an owl trapped by his legs on top of a chimney turned out to be a false alarm – after the bird turned out to be made from PLASTIC.


A concerned member of the public contacted the RSPCA after spotting the bird on the roof of a house in Silverwell Road, Liverpool, on Monday, 23 October.

They told the RSPCA’s control centre that the bird had been there for at least three hours. Inspector Helen Smith was tasked the job to go and rescue it, with the caller being asked to monitor the bird until the RSPCA’s arrival.

But after having a good look through binoculars, the bird appeared to be a realistic-looking fake owl used to scare birds away!

Helen said: “I must admit that it was funny when I realised what it was. I was preparing myself for a long job, with the assistance of the fire service to get the owl down safely – but as it turned out, we didn’t need to rescue anything after all!

“It is good to know that there are people out there who are looking out for wildlife, as our caller had no idea that it wasn’t a real bird.

“We do get lots of calls about wild birds through to our hotline – but I have never been called out to check up on a fake one before!”

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