Dramatic seabird rescue!

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Rescue highlights the dangers of plastic litter

A gannet, spotted trapped half way down Bempton Cliffs, in Bridlington, has been rescued by the RSPCA.

Special officers from our rope rescue team came from far and wide to help the young gannet, who was ‘flapping around and clearly distressed’ on the 300ft cliffs at the reserve, run by the RSPB.

Abseiling rescue

RSPCA Inspector Geoff Edmond says: “RSPCA Inspector Michael Pugh abseiled down to the bird whilst three colleagues helped get him down and back safely.

“It was a difficult and dramatic rescue but we knew we had to free the gannet, or he would have died.

“The bird was taken straight to a vet and then transferred to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire. Hopefully the gannet can be returned to the wild.”

Plastic problems

The gannet had a lot of line and plastic wrapped around his leg and couldn’t fly and leave the nest without the RSPCA’s help.

Gannets are known to use litter when they make their nests and this is an example of the problems that can cause,” added Geoff.

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