Firefighters rescue eagle trapped in tree

Firefighters spent three hours cutting the base of the tree and using pulleys to save the giant bird of prey


By Chris Cousens and Brendan Hughes
The South Wales Echo

PONTYCYMER, England — A man had the shock of his life when he found himself staring at a giant golden eagle above his back garden.

Andrew Smith had gone outside to empty his compost bin when he saw the massive bird of prey stuck in a tree behind his house. The bird — with a wingspan of nearly 7 feet and weighing 16 pounds — had escaped from an aviary on a nearby farm three days earlier.

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