Plau­dits for res­cuer who wades into lake to save gull

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Robin JENKINS [email protected]­

AWOMAN has been praised for wad­ing into a Chel­tenham lake up to her ch­est so she could res­cue an an­i­mal.

The in­ci­dent in Hather­ley Park in Up Hather­ley was wit­nessed by res­i­dent Keith Barn­field.

He was so moved by what he saw that he posted an ac­count on the so­cial me­dia web­site Nextdoor.

He said: “I am in awe of a lady named Su­san, who reg­u­larly walks her dog called Pie in Hather­ley Park.

“When I ar­rived in the park this morn­ing I saw a group of peo­ple on the bank of the lake, and Su­san was stand­ing in the mid­dle of the lake, up to her ch­est in very cold wa­ter.

“I soon re­alised that she was hold­ing an up­side down bird in her hands, and try­ing to reach the bank with­out falling or drop­ping it.

“She had res­cued the young gull, af­ter see­ing it hang­ing up­side down from a tree on the is­land, to­tally tan­gled with fish­ing line.

“She reached the bank and was helped by the on­look­ers to climb out of the wa­ter, and then pro­ceeded to care

fully cut the line from the bird’s body and wings.

“Mirac­u­lously the bird seemed to be rel­a­tively un­in­jured, and when re­leased it swam out into the lake, but was prob­a­bly in too much shock to fly away.”

Mr Barn­field said if Su­san had left the bird un­til a boat could be found by the RSPCA or Vale Wildlife’s an­i­mal res­cue team, the fine line would have deeply cut into the bird’s flesh and prob­a­bly re­sulted in its painful death.

He added that Su­san left the park with her dog.

He said: “She was soak­ing wet, very cold, very dirty, and late for her sched­uled start at work.” Other mem­bers of the public also praised the woman in­volved in the res­cue.

Siob­han Teece said: “What an amaz­ing story. What a great lady! Putting the bird first. Amaz­ing!”

And Adrian Phillips said: “Thank you so much! So glad that gulls can be given the same care and help as any other bird would be, in spite of the ‘war on gulls’ so many in Chel­tenham want to fight.

“Also rather ironic that sea birds face the same prob­lems with fish­ing lines and nets far in­land as they do at sea.”

Pic­tures: Eloisa Wild­smith

» AN Anti Brexit march was held in Chel­tenham at the week­end. Or­gan­ised by Chel­tenham for Europe, the march went through High Street and the Prom­e­nade.

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