An injured bird is alive today thanks to the compassionate efforts of a southern Ocean County dive team.
Firefighters with the Mystic Island Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched yesterday to assist Little Egg Harbor Animal Control with helping an injured bird that was stuck on an icy lagoon, according to a fire company release.
The company’s dive team entered the water in frigid conditions to rescue the bird, which was on ice about 30 feet off a bulkhead, the release said.
Rescuers discovered the bird tangled in fishing line with a hook in its body. Both were subsequently removed, and the bird was turned over to the care of an animal control officer, according to the release.
Firefighters say the bird is in “good condition.”
“Thank you for caring. A lot of folks would have said it was just a bird and not worth the trouble,” Loralea Dawn Kirby wrote on the fire company’s Facebook page. “Your kindness is a testament to your devotion to help whomever and whatever may need you!”