VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A seagull is recovering after being rescued from power lines near the Lesner Bridge. The bird was stuck for more than 24 hours, but was rescued Thursday morning.
Virginia Dominion Power used a helicopter to free the bird, and it was taken to the Virginia Beach SPCA. Executive Director of the VBSPCA Sharon Adams said they are monitoring the bird, which has a badly broken wing.
"It's warm. It's hydrated. Once it wakes up, it will have Spaghettio's and hot dogs, which [seagulls] love," Adams said. "Then we'll make an assessment about what can be done in our medical clinic."
Amanda Panuline with the VBSPCA said the seagull was eating and drinking on his own Friday morning. Panuline said he will be placed under light sedation to undergo a radiograph to check the seagull’s vitals. The VBSCPA will then determine if the bird's body can withstand surgery.
WAVY received a call from the Virginia Beach SPCA about the bird on Wednesday, and a WAVY viewer called and said the bird had been stuck in the power lines since Tuesday.
"A lot of the times the birds do not see the black line itself when they are flying, and if the wind catches them, he probably flew directly into the power line itself and wrapped his wing," said Rose Chandler, a volunteer with the VBSPCA.
Some say the rescue is too much fuss for a seagull, but not Chandler.
"I'm a Christian, and I believe we are all here on this earth to not only take care of ourselves, but also the animals God created, and this is why I do it," she said. "Somebody has to do it, and we can't just leave it up there defenseless and powerless and suffering."
On Tuesday, the bird survived surgery on its wing, according to Panuline. He will remain at the VBSPCA while he recovers.
After the rescue, Dominion released the following statement:
This morning, a platform helicopter crew doing work for Dominion was able to come to Virginia Beach to rescue the seagull and give it to representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture as is our protocol for dealing with injured animals. The USDA has the training, certification and legal authority to possess the bird. The USDA will work with the local SPCA and/or any other animal rehabilitation organizations to determine the best care for the seagull.
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