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Utility Worker Frees Seagull Caught in Power Line (Video)

Utility Worker Frees Seagull Caught in Power Line (Video)

On seeing a seagull that had somehow gotten its head stuck in a braided power service line, Nova Scotia Power lineman Yvon Blin got into the bucket of his utility truck. He quickly took a photo, then carefully maneuvered under the power line. When the bird was still, he placed it into a bag and freed its head from the cables.

It was lucky that Blin drove by and saw the seagull. An earlier Care2 post recounts how a man in a cherry picker was also able to help save a seagull who had become tangled in kite string; fishing line and the plastic rings from 6-packs pose similar hazards for birds. Simply reminding people to discard of these properly can make a difference.

You can see Blin’s rescue of the seagull in Dartmouth, Nova Scotiam Canada, in the video below.

The friend who shot the video said that Blin brought the bird back down to the ground, released it and it flew away.

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1:29PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:26AM PDT on May 8, 2013

thank you for saving the seagull

1:57PM PDT on May 7, 2013

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7:14PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Awesome man! His wife, kids and company can be very proud!

7:31AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Thank you Yvon Blin for saving the Seagull. He looked like he was so tired from trying to get free and here you came as his hero. Great job!!!!

11:38PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Perfect video!!

Reminds me of a rescue a couple of years ago in Spain, only "your" Gull was in a more terrifying position I guess!!i=753725597&k=cDMYQ&lb=1&s=A!i=753725623&k=2AnE2&lb=1&s=A!i=753725591&k=3GME5&lb=1&s=A

Thumbs up for all these rescuers!

11:00PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

It is important to carefully discard things like fishing line, string, rubber bands, ribbon, six-pack rings, etc. But it is equally important to cut up things like the plastic six-pack rings and rubber bands before throwing them away. We can't always be sure our garbage won't end up on a beach somewhere (I have seen recycling items thrown all over the highway due a malfunction of the recycling truck). Therefore, it is best to make these items less harmful to wildlife if they should end up out there somewhere.

10:43PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Thank you to this man and for all the other caring professionals out there who will take time out of their busy day to save a helpless living being in distress. I shudder to think what would have happened if no one had saved this poor bird.

8:35PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

I'm glad he got the bird safely out, he's a good guy for stopping and doing that right away. I watched the video thinking, "C'mon, c'mon...what's taking so long...hurry...!" LOL

5:58PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Though these "one at a time" rescues may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of conservation. They warm my heart and I am glad for both the rescued and the rescuers. Gives me hope about the human race.

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