Ballandean photographer Jenny Hillman captured an unusual sight at Woolworths earlier today when a magpie became stuck, forcing a rescue from firefighters.
Ballandean photographer Jenny Hillman captured an unusual sight at Woolworths earlier today when a magpie became stuck, forcing a rescue from firefighters. Jenny Hillman

Firies attempt unusual rescue mission

IT SEEMS firefighters are versatile lot. If it's not cats up trees or koalas caught in bushfires, it appears other wildlife have them to thank for coming to the rescue.

Stanthorpe's Woolworths was the site for an unusual rescue mission earlier today, when a magpie became stuck in a sign.

A group from Stanthorpe Fire Station carried out the daring operation, scaling a ladder to free the unfortunate bird.

The ordeal was captured in photos by Ballandean resident, Jenny Hillman.

"I was really just a bystander. Pulled into the supermarket and heard some strange bird sounds. I know there's some Corellas in Stanthorpe and just assumed that's what it was... you hear them all over the place.

"I went into the supermarket and was only in there 10 minutes and when I came out there was a fire truck and five or six firies trying to put a ladder up onto the sign.

"Someone I knew walked passed and he said there's a bird up there. I initially couldn't see the bird, but spotted it and took a photo.

"I had to leave so didn't see the end of it. I came passed an hour later and the firies had gone and magpie had gone so I just have to assume they rescued it,” she said.

The keen photographer, 67, has made a knack for catching bizarre animal moments on film.

A video of snakes battling to the death, taken by Hillman, went viral online earlier this year.

It was viewed by more than 200,000 people and even appeared in a Taiwanese newspaper.

Her latest efforts have also made it around Facebook all day today, appearing on ABC and Yahoo News.

"I thought it was really radical when I first saw it. I thought it was really squished in there. When I came back and looked again you could see there was a bit of a gap.”

The bird was freed with just a few injuries to its wing. It's believed windy conditions in Stanthorpe blew the bird into its trap.

It is now in the hands of wildlife carers.

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