Rescuers tried to save injured gull

It wasn’t their usual call, but Langley Township firefighters came to the aid of a trapped and injured seagull on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 2:30 p.m., Heidi Wagner was leaving a dentist’s office in the 19700 block of 64th Avenue when she saw something hanging from a nearby fence.

“I saw this movement,” Wagner said.

She looked closer and saw it was a bird, apparently tied to the top of a chain link fence.

Wagner and her mother called LAPS and the SPCA before being referred to the fire department, which dispatched a four-man crew from the Willoughby Hall.

“I wanted to make sure someone was coming for him,” said Wagner, who stayed until help arrived.

Firefighters brought a blanket and tossed it over the bird’s head to keep it calm, then Justin Law ascended a short ladder and used wire cutters and a small handsaw to slice through the thread or twine trapping the bird.

Curtis Wright held the bird still under the blanket while they freed it.

The firefighters put the bird in a box and waited for the arrival of the SPCA.

The bird appeared to have had a lot of the thread wrapped around both its legs for some time, possibly long enough that its skin had started to grow over the thread.

It somehow became entangled with the top of the fence, and the bird hung there upside down until it was rescued.

Despite the efforts of the firefighters and Wagner, the seagull was too seriously injured to save.

The bird was taken to the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley in Langley, where it was examined by vets.

“There was just too much damage that had already been caused,” said Rob Koreman, the hospital manager.

Circulation had been cut off in the bird’s feet, and it had also ingested some of the thread, which had caused internal injuries.

“The seagull had to be humanely euthanized,” said Koreman.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley Advance reader gears up to shop

Heather Green will do some reconnaissance ahead of her 1,000-second shopping spree next week.

Richter drops out of Langley Township mayoral race

The longtime councillor said she will run again for the council seat she’s held since the late 1990s.

Langley teacher who screamed at, grabbed elementary students suspended

This is the second four-month suspension for the Langley teacher.

Langley Thunder player named WLA Rookie of the Year

Tyler Pace had a great year in his first full season for the Thunder.

Odd Thoughts: Sharing making everything right

Langley resident Bob Groeneveld on having a cuppa is about more than just enjoying a hot drink.

Updated: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

B.C. golfer, just 23, scores the rare albatross

Six-million-to-one shot a first for the Terrace club

Fredericton widow swears at Trudeau during condolence call

Widow of man killed in Fredericton shooting says she swore at Trudeau during condolence call.

Tim Hortons promises leaky lids on coffee cups to be phased out

Tim Hortons looks to rebuild its brand with better lid, new marketing campaign

‘There’s been a lot of devastation:’ man whose family lost homes in B.C. fire

The provincial government declared a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 550 wildfires burn in every corner of B.C.

Capsized tug now out of the water at the mouth of B.C.’s Fraser River

The 19-metre-long George H. Ledcor capsized late Monday.

Aheadbyacentury looking for Triple Crown breakthrough in the Breeders’ Stakes

The consistent Aheadbyacentury has $513,800 in career earnings, including $311,250 this year thanks in large part to his Triple Crown performances.

Search for mudslide victim becomes recovery mission

Valerie Morris was swept away by a mudslide on Highway 99 near Cache Creek on August 11.

Behind the fire line: B.C. firefighters stalked by cougars

A Keremeos volunteer firefighter talks about what it was like to patrol the Snowy Mountain fire

Most Read