Video: Firefighters Rescue Imperiled Hawk in Woodland Hills

Sunday, May 08, 2011 |

On Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM, the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to assist an animal in peril in the 5300 block of Elvira Road in Woodland Hills.


Neighborhood Firefighters arrived quickly to find a hawk entangled in fishing line strung between a tall tree and utility pole. An LAFD Ladder Truck joined the Engine Company in a delicate effort to rescue the raptor, by carefully extending an aerial ladder 40 feet beyond utility lines.

Firefighters cut the filament line - a possible remnant from a kite, to release the frightened animal. The hawk was gingerly placed in a lightweight sack to protect it from further harm, and entrusted to the care of a responder from the Department of Animal Services.

No persons were injured.

Those who encounter animals in distress in the City of Los Angeles are encouraged to call the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services at (888) 452-7381. Additional information on animal care and control can be found at:

laanimalservices.com


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hooray for LAFD!

Anonymous said...

As always thr LAFD are the best!! Your much appreciated...................

maggie said...

What kindness and chivalry, in addition to valor, our LAFD personifies. Thank you so very much for your good deeds!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Maggie et al,

Thanks for your kind words. Your Los Angeles Firefighters are pleased to help when other options for animal rescue prove unsafe or impossible for other responders.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

..and yes, our favorite part is the child's loud squeal of delight at the *very end* of the video. It's a small thing, but touches us to know that a young person has faith in their Los Angeles Fire Department's ability to get the job done.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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