Published at 16:47, Monday, 24 August 2015
It has to rank as one of the most unusual rescue operations undertaken this year by Cumbrian firefighters.
Sky the Harris hawk decided to go exploring after the lead which secures him to his perch snapped.
Initially, his owner Jonathon Graham, 20, was not too worried as the bird of prey was never likely to stray too far from his regular source of food at his home in Harraby Grove, off London Road, Carlisle.
But Jonathon was horrified when he caught up with Sky just along the road – and saw his bird’s tether had become tangled in a tree branch 50ft off the ground.
But thanks to the skill of firefighters Janice Scott and Steve Johnston expert help was at hand.