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Suffolk County police rescue injured birds

CORAM – Two injured birds are on the mend, thanks to efforts by Suffolk County police officers.

On Thursday, two Police officers rescued a wounded heron that was stuck on a cord in between trees in Coram this afternoon. Emergency Service Police Officers Lance Prager and Michael Coscia responded to 528 Mill Road after a 911 caller reported seeing a bird stuck on a cord in between trees at 12:14 p.m. An Alternative Earthcare Tree and Lawn Systems employee, who was working nearby for Premium Mulch and Materials, provided a bucket truck and elevated with Officer Prager more than 50 feet. They freed the bird from the cord and put a blanket around the heron to calm it.

The officers transported the bird, a great blue heron, in a police car to Animal Emergency Service, located at 280 Middle Country Road, Selden.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, two officers rescued a wounded owl on the side of the Long Island Expressway.

Emergency Service Police Officers Fred Sales and Carl Glaser responded after a 911 caller reported an injured owl on the side of the westbound LIE near Exit 65 at 8:25 a.m. The officers observed one of the owl’s eyes was dilated and the bird was showing signs of trauma. The officers placed a raincoat over the owl to settle it down and then were able to grab its talons and control the animal.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the scene and transported the owl to Stony Brook University for evaluation and it will then be sent to a rehabilitation facility.