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Red-tailed hawk rescue photographed in Ellington

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Firefighters helped rescue a red-tailed hawk in Ellington. (Horizon Wings photo) Firefighters helped rescue a red-tailed hawk in Ellington. (Horizon Wings photo)
ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

The rescue of a red-tailed hawk was caught on camera in Ellington Wednesday.

Horizon Wings in Ashford, a raptor rehabilitation and education center, said it received a call from police asking for help.

Police reported that the bird became caught in a net at the Ellington Ridge golf course.

They said the hawk was trapped 40 feet in the air.

Police called the fire department, which responded with a ladder, according to Mary-Beth Kaeser, owner of Horizon Wings.

"Pete from the Ellington Fire Department persevered and after about 30 minutes was able to secure the hawk and bring him safely to the ground," Kaeser wrote to Eyewitness News. "I restrained the hawk while Jeanne Wadsworth untangled the net from his foot."

Kaeser said the hawk is at Horizon Wings and is nicely recovering.

"[The hawk] should be released in the near future after the swelling in his foot subsides," she said.

She said the hawk should be ready for release at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Kaeser provided several photos of the rescue. Check them out here.

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