City of Langford staffer Mike Gordon works to free a crow from a section of nylon netting above a softball backstop at Centennial Park on Monday

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Langford staffers rescue bird caught in backstop netting

City of Langford staff, acting on a plea from a nearby resident, came to the rescue of a crow trapped in netting above a fastball backstop at Centennial Park on Monday morning.

“My wife told me there was something going on with a bunch of crows out here,” said Furber Road resident Dan Peterson, staring up at the netting. “When I got out here, they were fighting with an eagle, defending their buddy, I guess.”

The eagle was attempting to get at a crow that had become tangled, but his feathered friends were fending the predator off while the crow struggled unsuccessfully to free itself.

Langford city staff arrived minutes after receiving the call from Peterson, with a bucket truck, some sturdy gloves and a set of clippers, to see if they could free the bird.

Mike Gordon went up in the bucket and managed to free the crow, being careful to ensure the bird didn’t fall during the process.

The crow was “cut up pretty badly,” he said, so it was taken to the Wild ARC rehabilitation centre in Metchosin to receive medical attention.

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