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'A bit of a hoot' - why firefighters had to rescue a barn owl from a Norwich tree

PUBLISHED: 13:28 09 September 2019 | UPDATED: 13:28 09 September 2019

Firefighters who recaptured an escaped owl from a tree have explained the reason for the animal rescue. Photo: Gordon Maw/NFRS

Firefighters who recaptured an escaped owl from a tree have explained the reason for the animal rescue. Photo: Gordon Maw/NFRS

Gordon Maw/NFRS

Firefighters who recaptured an escaped owl from a tree have explained the reason for the animal rescue which saw a Norwich road shut for several hours.

The owner of the escaped barn owl - which got off its leash and flew free following an event at a nearby hospice - praised the fire service for recapturing the bird.

Crews were called to Unthank Road just before 2.30pm on Saturday, September 7, after the barn owl got away from its handler at Priscilla Bacon Hospice.

The road was closed between Colman Road and Christchurch Road while firefighters manoeuvred a ladder into position to retrieve the animal.

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Norfolk fire service rescued an owl from a tree on Unthank Road this weekend. Photo: Norfolk Fire and Rescue ServiceNorfolk fire service rescued an owl from a tree on Unthank Road this weekend. Photo: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

And now the fire service have shared an update on the owl rescue, which was successfully completed on Saturday afternoon.

A fire service spokesperson shared an image of the owl on Twitter, and said: "Firefighters caused a stir on Unthank Road on Saturday as they rescued this beautiful creature.

"It might seem a bit of a 'hoot' that we were 'rescuing a bird from a tree' but she had escaped from an event nearby and had no skills to look after herself."

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Firefighters have been trying to free an owl from a tree on Unthank Road after it escaped from an event. Photo: Gordon MawFirefighters have been trying to free an owl from a tree on Unthank Road after it escaped from an event. Photo: Gordon Maw

Firefighters have been trying to free an owl from a tree on Unthank Road after it escaped from an event. Photo: Gordon MawFirefighters have been trying to free an owl from a tree on Unthank Road after it escaped from an event. Photo: Gordon Maw

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