‘Stranded’ magpie thwarts Gisborne rescuers

A MAGPIE reported to be stuck up a tree in Gisborne took flight before emergency services could come to its rescue.

The Gisborne fire brigade received a 000 call on Friday that a baby magpie had become tangled in a tree branch 10 metres high.

Macedon CFA group communications officer Ian Large said SES and wildlife rescuers also attended to help free the bird.

He said firefighters went to the tree at Pearce Court but the incident was quickly declared under control.

“As soon as the truck pulled up the magpie flew away,” he said. “It just saw this great big red thing and left.”

Mr Large said there was probably no need for a 000 call. “We had no equipment that could get us up there to help the bird,” he said. “The local pumper doesn’t have a ladder that could reach that high and explained that it might be difficult to get it down. But we’re happy to attend community callouts.

“The reason the bird was able to get up there was probably that he flew up there and was able to fly away again.” 

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