Entangled osprey rescued in Orleans

Orleans police, tree worker assist Wild Care rescuers
The rescued osprey was transported to the Wild Care facility in Eastham. Photo courtesy of Cristalyn Searles/Wild Care, Inc.

A Wild Care rescuer came to the aid of an entangled Osprey in Orleans Friday. According to a Wild Care release, the osprey was spotted dangling from a 60-foot tree near the Linnell Road marsh. The osprey was believed to have been in the tree for three days before Wild Care was notified.

Amy Webster, a Wild Care wildlife rehabilitator, responded along with Orleans police and local tree worker Scott McLeod. McLeod cleared a 50-foot trail through the thick brush to allow access to the tree, the release said. McLeod then climbed the tree and removed and lowered the tree top with the osprey attached. 

Webster examined the osprey once it was lowered to the ground. "I was relieved that her foot was not fractured," said Webster. According to Webster, the bird was caught in silt fencing, which was entangled around her four toes and ankle. There was no necrosis or lacerations. Equal pressure on all four toes prevented greater injury, according to the release.

The bird was swaddled in a blanket and placed in a special laundry basket used for containing large raptors, including osprey and transported to the Wild Care facility in Eastham where it is expected to make a full recovery. In all, the rescue took three hours.

"Osprey are large and feisty birds," said Wild Care Executive Director Stephanie Ellis. "This is not a bird that we would ask the public to attempt to rescue on their own."

Wild Care is the only local wildlife rehabilitation facility that conducts rescues, according to the release. The Eastham based non-profit has accepted over 25,000 wild animals including more than 275 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. To report an injured, orphaned or ill wild animal, call 508-240-2255.

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