Rescue efforts fail to save hadeda

2008-08-17 00:00

ATTEMPTS by the SPCA and local residents to rescue a hadeda entangled in fishing line in a tree in Chase Valley were unsuccessful, as it died after it was retrieved from the tree on Saturday night.

The bird had been stuck for the whole day in a tree in Connor Road.

According to SPCA senior inspector Daniel Stewart, after being alerted by a woman in Cascades Gardens about the incident, they rushed to the scene only to find the bird hanging over a branch.

The bird was totally caught up in a huge tangle of thick fishing line.

“The rescue took over three hours as members of the public together with SPCA members tried to save the bird. We tried tactics from throwing ropes up and climbing the tree to cutting the branch off, but unfortunately the bird died from exhaustion and stress.”

Stewart praised the residents and SPCA members who came to try and rescue the bird.

He urged fishermen to dispose of their old fishing line by burning it on a fire, perhaps when they braai. “The best way to get rid of it properly so it doesn’t harm animals, is to melt it down,” he said.

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