Sky-high rescue operation

The corella safely on the ground.
The corella safely on the ground.

The southern corella, which was hanging upside down 15m off the ground and visibly distressed, had a partner and chick nearby.

Bill Black from Jim’s Tree and Stump Removal said he was told about the bird’s predicament on Tuesday morning and drove to Carine Open Space to see if he could help.

‘The bird was upside down and the wildlife lady said it had been there for four days,’ Mr Black said.

‘It only took us about 15 minutes, we just set up the cherry picker, the wildlife people gave me us a net and we got it down.’

Mr Black said the bird was difficult to free from the tree, but remained calm.

‘There was plenty of rope, its legs were totally entwined, there was no way he was getting free.’
Wanneroo’s Andrea Marzi of Express Wildlife Rescue took the Corella into her care and said the bird was extremely lucky.

‘He’s doing well considering. The leg is quite puffy, quite blue. I got a heap of fluid into him when I got him home and he started eating on his own, which is good.’

Ms Marzi said she and the community were extremely grateful to Mr Black for taking the time to save the bird after many others declined, including fire services.

‘They came the day before but said they couldn’t put anything up because of the playground and they were going to come the next day but they then said no, they wouldn’t come because they’d already sent someone out.’

‘They reckon they couldn’t get the legs out (from their truck), which had to be ridiculous because Bill got his out.’

John Siegmann from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said the fact fire services attended the scene showed they wanted to help, but the circumstances did not allow them to.

‘The issue of the weight and the reach, if they go on to the grass, to get far enough in you’d be looking at destroying reticulation and any other utilities under there as well,’ Mr Siegmann said.

The wildlife carer said the main issue the bird faced was whether it would be allowed to be released into the wild due to Department of Environment and Conservation policy.

‘DEC is saying that because he’s a southern corella he’s not meant to be released.’

Ms Marzi said the bird would need to be rehabilitated over the next few months as X-rays showed some damage to the joint.