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Sep 19, 2013 2:37 PM

Power Company Employees Rescue Wounded Seagull

VIRGINIA (WAVY) - A seagull caught in power lines near the Lesner Bridge for more than 24 hours was finally rescued Thursday morning.

Virginia Dominion Power used a helicopter to free the bird, and it was taken to the Virginia Beach SPCA where it will be treated for its injuries.

WAVY received a call from the Virginia Beach SPCA about the bird, and a WAVY viewer called and said the bird had been there since Tuesday.

"A lot of the times the birds do not see the black line itself when they are flying, and if the wind catches them, he probably flew directly into the power line itself and wrapped his wing," said Rose Chandler, a volunteer with the VB SPCA.

A WAVY News photojournalist in the area reported the seagull appeared to be alive Wednesday, and was trying to move its head and flap its caught wing.

"He's still alive," Chandler said on Wednesday. "He can actually live for days like that until he becomes dehydrated and just cannot take it anymore."

Chandler works to rehabilitate migratory birds. She contacted Virginia Dominion Power, hoping to get a bucket truck to free the unlucky seagull.

"He's basically up there suffering at this point," Chandler said.

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