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Posted 10th February 2011, 07:34 PM
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Magpie needs help

I was wondering if anybody knows anything about catching magpies. I have found a youngster who has its legs tied together with string. He is still in good shape and can fly very well, but the string is starting to cut into it's legs, and sooner or later that will lead to a lot of trouble.

I called the RSPCA, but they said they do not have the license to catch a magpie, and referred me to the relevant park rangers. They confirmed that they do have a license to trap magpies and help them, but they just flat out refuse to do anything...

I think the only option left is for somebody to catch the bird by themselves and get the string off. However, since the bird can still fly this is not very straight forward.

I am in Australia, the bird is at the University campus in Canberra. Australian magpies are crow-like birds, and very smart. Simple traps (like a box with a stick and some string) will not work on them.
Does anybody have any ideas/advice on how I can catch and help this birdie?

magpie, string injury, youngster

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