May 26, 2020
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Newport firefighters save a barred owl caught in fishing line in a tree

Nothing can be more satisfying for a first responder than saving a life. Newport firefighters did just that last week.

But this wasn’t just any life they saved — it was the life of a barred owl.

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A resident alerted firefighters of an owl caught in fishing line left in a tree, and the bird was showing signs of severe exhaustion and distress, the Newport Fire Department said Monday.

The department responded with its ladder truck, and a firefighter made a “dramatic grab” and secured the injured owl in an animal crate.

[Maine firefighters rescue 155 pound St. Bernard stranded on roof]

This story, of course, has a happy ending: the owl was taken to a biologist, who evaluated it and eventually released it back into the wild, the department said.

Related: Wells firefighters rescue scared cat from tree


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