Sutton firefighters rescue seagull from scaffolding and peacock from roof despite cut in animal call outs
So far this year firefighters in Sutton have rescued a seagull stuck on some scaffolding and an injured peacock on roof.
The unusual rescues come in spite of figure that show animal rescues in the capital are falling.
London firefighters were called out to 282 animal rescues in the 2012/13 financial year compared to 650 - one every 13 hours - in the previous 12 months.
The service says the cut is down to a campaign encouraging people to call the RSPCA rather than 999 when they see an animal in difficulty.
Despite the cut, firefighters were still called out to the injured peacock and the trapped seagull this year.
In recent years firefighters in London have been called out a to a variety of stricken animals including a kitten trapped in a reclining chair in Croydon, a chimp in a chimney in Tower Hamlets and a snake on the roof of a mosque in Camden.
London fire brigade group manager Mark Hazelton said: "It’s excellent news that the number of animal rescues has fallen and that people have clearly taken heed of our advice.
"Who knows, perhaps firefighters rescuing cats from trees may soon be a thing of the past.
"I’d still like to remind people that if they see an animal stuck somewhere, the first port of call should always be the RSPCA, not the emergency services.
"When firefighters are out rescuing animals, they’re not available to attend real emergencies.
"As well as being time consuming, animal rescues cost the tax payer and I’m sure most people would prefer their money was being spent on training or fire prevention work, than cats up trees."
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