A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo trapped by fishing line was rescued from a tree.
Just after 8.00am this morning (Wednesday, 31 March) firefighters from Mona Vale Station attended Narrabeen Lagoon where they found a cockatoo had become entangled in fishing line and was dangling from a tree, unable to escape.
The cockatoo was hanging upside down over the water at Wellington Street, Narrabeen, next to the public car park near Woolworths, close to the Narrabeen Bridge, a popular spot with anglers.
The firefighters mounted an operation to free the bird by scaling the tree with ropes and ladders. The bird was inaccessible on a narrow branch over the water, which made retrieval difficult. Firefighters cut the branch and the bird dropped into the water where it was quickly retrieved by waiting WIRES volunteer Ingrid Carluccio.
The cockatoo was immediately taken to Collaroy Veterinary Hospital by Ms Carluccio suffering trauma to its wings from struggling while tangled in the fishing line. The vet treated the bird, removing a fishing hook from its wing and taking X-rays. Ms Carluccio says the condition of the bird is serious and it is not yet known if it will survive.
While she is hopeful the cockatoo will make a recovery, Ms Carluccio says injury to birds from abandoned fishing tackle is a recurrent issue.
“We always get calls on ducks, pelicans and other birds entangled with fishing hooks in their beaks. Many animals die or need to be put down as a result of this kind of thing.
“While I was waiting for assistance from the fire brigade today I could see other fishing line hanging from the trees, it’s all over the place. More care needs to be taken by fishermen. If you walk around you’ll see knives or hooks or fishing lines. It’s not unusual. People need to be mindful of the damage that can be caused by leaving this gear behind,” said Ms Carluccio.
WIRES is a charitable wildlife rescue organisation which relies on public donations. People who find injured or orphaned wildlife are encouraged to report it to WIRES online or by calling 1300 094 737.