Oystercatcher chick rescued by firefighters and RSPCA after falling into underground pipe

This oystercatcher chick was rescued by Pocklington firefighters.
This oystercatcher chick was rescued by Pocklington firefighters.

The RSPCA and Humberside Fire and Rescue have rescued an oystercatcher chick who became trapped six feet underground in a drain.

The little bird had fallen into a downpipe from its nesting site on the roof of an industrial building in Pocklington and ended up far below in an underground drain.

Firefighters place the oystercatcher chick back into the nest.

Firefighters place the oystercatcher chick back into the nest.

Concerned staff from fertiliser manufacturers YARA were alerted to the problem by the frenzied calling of the chick’s parents last Thursday morning (21 June).

YARA’s Maintenance Manager Alban Timmons said: “When we realised that their young chick was trapped, we first tried dismantling the downpipe, before discovering the chick was actually underground. At that point, we called the RSPCA for help.”

RSPCA animal collection officer Leanne Honess-Heather said: “The little chap was deep underground having fallen into a rainwater hopper on the roof of the building. He was about six feet underground so I called Humberside Fire and Rescue for support.

“When the Pocklington crew arrived, we worked out that the narrow underground pipe containing the bird was connected to a bigger drain which was much more accessible to us. So the fire crew used their hose to wash the bird out towards the larger drain. It worked a treat.

“A fire officer completed the rescue by carrying the little bird up a ladder back to the roof to reunite him with his delighted parents.”