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UPDATE: Osprey Recovering After Being Freed From Atop Cell Tower

The rescued osprey found tangled on top of a cell tower in New Bern and rescued Thursday is doing better, but veterinarians say the bird has a long road to recovery.

It was first thought the osprey stuck on the 170 foot cellular tower was paralyzed after its wing was lodged in the mesh walkway at the top. Vets with the Raptor Center say they will need to keep the bird for 3-4 months. The bird, which is federally protected, was first noticed on top of the cell tower on Trent Road Wednesday. A tower crew had to get permission from the the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission before rescuing it.

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An Osprey, that had been tangled at the top of a cell phone tower in New Bern, was rescued this afternoon.

The bird, which is federally protected, was first noticed on top of the cell tower on Trent Road on Wednesday.

There was an Osprey nest on the tower and rescuers say the bird's wing was lodged in the mesh walkway at the top. A tower crew, who is contracted with US Cellular, climbed the 170 foot tower and freed the adult bird.

Rescuers are now working to rehydrate the Osprey, which weighs just under 3 pounds. They say at this point the bird seems paralyzed.

US Cellular says as soon as it was made aware of the bird on their their they contacted the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for help. They say wildlife officers worked with the tower crew to rescue the bird.


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