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EnCon officers rescue drowning osprey

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A Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police officers saved an osprey aka Pandion haliaetus, that got caught in a research station on Tuesday.  (Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police) A Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police officers saved an osprey aka Pandion haliaetus, that got caught in a research station on Tuesday. (Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Two officers are being hailed as heroes after rescuing some wildlife this week.

The officers from the Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police were patrolling in the Marine District on Tuesday.

The officers noticed a would-be burglar inside a temporary research station. The culprit was identified as an osprey, which is also known as Pandion haliaetus.

The bird had forced its way into the research station, which EnCon police said “were setup to monitor Connecticut’s declining population of river herring.” However, the station “proved to be a tempting target for the osprey,” the EnCon police said.

The bird was under water and trapped inside the research station. When the officers arrived, they said the osprey “was nearly fully submerged and was clinging to the netting with his beak.”

The officers worked quickly and removed the bird safely from the water.

The bird sat for about 30 minutes on “the toasty hood of one of the officer’s patrol vehicles,” EnCon police said.  After drying off and warming up, the osprey flew away.

EnCon police said marine fisheries division was notified about the "break-in" and was fixing the station. The EnCon officers said they will continue to monitor the research stations for ospreys. 

To see pictures of the rescue on your mobile device, click here.

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