From the team at BBC Wildlife Magazine

Watch your step! Starling stuck in manhole cover

The songbird flew in the wrong direction underground and got trapped.

Published: February 9, 2017 at 11:09 am
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A starling was discovered in the small gap of a manhole cover by a local resident in Cumbria after flying up from the drains below and getting her head caught in gap in the metal cover.

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The bird was fortunately rescued by the RSPCA.

“We suspect she’d flown into the drains elsewhere, perhaps through a storm drain,” said animal welfare officer Sam Jopson, “and then got stuck underground.”

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The starling was found trapped in the hole of a manhole cover. © RSPCA

RSPCA staff were able to prise open the manhole cover to free the bird, and as she wasn’t injured, she was released immediately.

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“The little gap in the manhole cover must have seemed like the perfect escape route for her, but she was a little big to squeeze through,” said Jopson.

Authors

Megan ShersbyEditorial and digital co-ordinator at BBC Wildlife Magazine, and countryfile.com
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