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Marbella firefighters swing into action to rescue an owl trapped on a San Pedro golf course

Firefighters have rescued an eagle owl.
Firefighters have rescued an eagle owl. / SUR
  • So far this year, the station has attended fifty rescues of animals including a vulture, dogs, cats and snakes, as well as dealing with swarms of bees and wasps

Firefighters from Marbella have rescued an eagle owl that became trapped in the protection net of a golf course in San Pedro de Alcántara.

The large bird was trapped some ten-metres up in the air and it took the crew, working from a hydraulic platform, some 30 minutes to safely release and capture the owl.

Although there were no visible injuries to the bird, on the ground it was handed over to environmental agents from the Junta de Andalucía, so that they could assess its condition and return it to its natural habitat.

This is not the first time that Marbella firefighters have to rescue a wild bird. Just a few weeks ago, at the beginning of August, they recovered a griffon vulture that was injured and had taken refuge on the landing of a staircase in the El Ángel residential development, in Nueva Andalucía.

So far this year, the station attended some fifty rescues of animals, among them dogs, cats and snakes, as well as dealing with swarms of bees and wasps. The complex three-hour rescue of a mare stands out, after it fell into a drainage ditch of the Guadalmina river.