Hurt Green Lake heron has human hero

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 6 at 10:06 AM

SEATTLE -  While on his regular walk around Green Lake on Monday night, Mike Murphy noticed something strange. People were feeding ducks and a usually very shy Great Blue Heron was just hanging around nearby.

Upon closer inspection Murphy noticed a ball of fishing line wrapped around the graceful bird's lower leg. The heron couldn't get away. Murphy stayed until 11 p.m. to try to keep people from spooking the bird and causing more harm. He returned early Tuesday morning to find the bird still there.

"I'm just glad it made it through the night," said Murphy.

He and other good Samaritans called every agency they could think of until William Miller of Sarvey Wildlife Center showed up with a blanket, a knife and a small pet kennel.

Moments later, Miller had the frightened bird safely on its way to a veterinarian.

Before he left he showed Murphy how the line was actually an old injury that had been enveloped in healing skin. It appears the injury finally caught up with the bird, making it too painful for him to walk and too weak for him to fly.

Veterinarians will spend the next few days evaluating the bird.

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