Peregrine falcon vThe search for the owner of a peregrine falcon has been launched after the bird of prey was rescued in bizarre circumstances – having being found stuck on a Cardiff television aerial. 

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after the distressed bird was spotted by a member of the public, on Conway Road in the Pontcanna area of the city yesterday (30 July).

An officer enlisted the support of South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, with firefighters from Ely Station attending to support access to the female bird.

Fortunately, despite the peregrine’s ordeal, the bird had no obvious breaks or injuries, though was understandably very distressed. She was ringed – containing the number 139PGWAA; but not microchipped.

A search for the owner of the bird has now been launched by the RSPCA in the hope of returning the animal home.

Sian Burton, RSPCA animal welfare officer, said: “This poor bird was in a real mess, found hanging upside-down from a television aerial in Pontcanna.

Peregrine falcon ii“We’re so grateful to the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, who provided vital assistance in rescuing this bird. This is another important advert as to what we can achieve working in partnership for animals. Access was so, so difficult – and they were amazing in helping us.

“Fortunately, despite such a distressing encounter, the peregrine falcon initially seems to be doing well, and is now being checked over by vets.

“We’re eager to find the keeper of this peregrine falcon, which we believe to be owned. The bird was ringed containing the number 139PGWA, though there was no microchip. Anyone with information about who may own this bird is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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