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RSPCA Saves Starling From Behind Bungalow Boiler

By Kevin Burke
19th November, 2014

A startled starling was rescued from behind a bungalow's boiler.

On November 14th, the RSPCA was called to a bungalow in Southampton's Westbury Court in Hedge End, where they freed the trapped bird.

The homeowners were first alerted to the issue after discovering insulation material on their floor and table. They removed their boiler cover, spotted the animal and got in touch with the RSPCA, which sent inspector Tina Ward to the premises.

When Ms Ward attended, she found that the bird was standing on a pipe and was trapped between the boiler and the pump wires. She encouraged the bird to move to an opening in the boiler so he could fly out of the wider space.

Once the bird had reached this wider space, it quickly realised it could jump to another pipe and escape from its confinement.

Ms Ward said the animal rescue didn't take very long, adding she simply helped the starling access a space it could escape from.

The rescue "made my day", she said, noting it was "great" to witness the bird fly out of the back door and join a passing flock of starlings.

This isn't the first time an animal has got stuck in a boiler this year; on June 2nd, engineers in Littleport were called to a boiler breakdown only to discover that over 10,000 bees had made a home out of the appliance.

The RSPCA relies on public donations. To help the charity save animals in the future, text HELP to 78866 to donate £3. Texts cost £3 plus the cost of a standard network rate message.

Image copright: RSPCA

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