The large bird got caught in a fishing hook and string above Lake Carasaljo last Sunday, and stayed that way for approximately 18 hours until it was rescued by Lakewood police and firefighters – all caught on video by TLS by TLS. The video has since been requested by National and International television stations and websites.
The Avian Care center, which sees about 1,000 injured birds each year, says the injury from the hook in the bird’s talon appeared initially worse than it actually was. The bird however was kept in the center as a precaution to ensure it didn’t develop any infections.
After several days of care at the center, the experts freed the bird into a 75 foot cage where its flying capabilities were tested. After flying back and forth in the cage several times properly, the experts determined that it was ready to be released.
The bird was brought to the Bay in the Silverton section of Toms River, where it was set free. [TLS]