A pair of hapless pigeons had to be rescued by firefighters – after they were seen dangling from the top of one of Cardiff’s tallest hotels.
The two birds were spotted hanging precariously by their feet after getting tangled in netting on the fifth floor of the Hilton Hotel in the city centre.
RSPCA Cymru were called to the scene, along with support crews from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service .
With support from hotel staff firefighters were eventually able to free both birds from the netting and release them back into the wild.
One pigeon was returned to the wild immediately while the other was released following a short spell in veterinary care.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “Fortunately the pigeons were rescued and are now safe and well back in the wild.
“We’re grateful to the firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service for their support in completing this rescue, which shows what we can achieve working together to protect local animals.
She added: “Incidents like this act as an important reminder that external netting can act as an obstacle to wild birds and it’s great that the hotel will be monitoring this closely to help protect the nation’s wildlife.”
Marie Fagan, general manager of the Hilton Cardiff, said: “It is situations like these which show how vital the RSPCA’s work is to protecting our animals and wildlife.
“We worked closely with both the RSPCA and fire and rescue services to help them release the pigeons and we would like to thank them for their efforts.
“We are thrilled that both pigeons were safely rescued.”
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