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Help! My chameleon's stuck up a tree!

EVERYBODY’S heard of our faithful fire crews being called out to rescue a cat from up a tree.

But Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has been called into action over some rather more unusual, and decidedly less furry, friends this year.

A chameleon stuck up a tree for two whole weeks and a hawk attached to a television aerial are among the animal rescues crews have dealt with in the past 12 months.

Information released to the Adver shows the service received a total of 192 calls to animal rescues, including 44 from the Swindon area.

The fire service says it has a ‘rigid’ system for allocating resources to saving small animals – those the size of a dog or smaller – so it can operate efficiently.

The information, revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that all of the Swindon calls were related to small, mostly domestic, animals.

Of the reports, there were 14 relating to mammals, three to birds and three to reptiles – but none to fish, amphibians or invertebrates.

On the initial call regarding the chameleon, the owners were advised about how to coax the animal down themselves.

But the hapless reptile was still up the tree two weeks later and so an animal rescue specialist attended, along with two other officers, and brought it down using an aerial appliance.

However, the fire service said the appliance was still available for fire calls during the rescue.

In another incident, crews had to save a budgie which had become stuck behind a kitchen cabinet.

In the last 12 months in Swindon, crews have also dealt with a Harris hawk stuck by his jess straps to a TV aerial in Park South, a snake abandoned in the street and several domestic cats stuck in trees and on roofs.

To manage resources, for a small animal rescue, the service said it has a ‘rigid’ call challenging process which is followed by both the control room staff and animal rescue specialists.

If there is a need to attend the incident, one animal rescue specialist is sent to work in conjunction with the RSPCA.

But if extra resources are required, they are only sent after an initial assessment has been carried out at the scene.

Guidelines dictate that crews will only respond to calls about cats stuck at height once the animal has been in need of help for 24 hours.

For a large animal rescue, the service sends the nearest appliance, the nearest animal rescue team, an animal rescue specialist and senior officer.

In the rest of Wiltshire this year, there was a total of 148 animal rescue calls, 50 relating to large animals and 98 relating to small animal rescues.

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2:47pm Wed 29 Dec 10

Ian13 says...

It wasn't a very good chameleon if it could be seen up the tree!
It wasn't a very good chameleon if it could be seen up the tree! Ian13
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3:39pm Wed 29 Dec 10

ManWithCar says...

I'm glad the chameleon was rescued though - got to be good Karma.....


... I'll get me coat!
I'm glad the chameleon was rescued though - got to be good Karma..... ... I'll get me coat! ManWithCar
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5:20pm Wed 29 Dec 10

lady-lockie says...

well the chameleon up the tree was our beloved pet and he was up the tree for 2 months not 2 weeks, we rang the rspca and where told to call the fire service, when they arrived they where unable to see or rescue him, after a few weeks hoping he would get hungry and come down, we gave up hope of ever seeing him again and thought the worse, then 2 months later i looked up the tree after all the leaves had fallen off and to my surprise there he was, we then called the fire service again and this time he was rescued using the crane, bud are chameleon was not in the best condition but is now home safe and doing well
well the chameleon up the tree was our beloved pet and he was up the tree for 2 months not 2 weeks, we rang the rspca and where told to call the fire service, when they arrived they where unable to see or rescue him, after a few weeks hoping he would get hungry and come down, we gave up hope of ever seeing him again and thought the worse, then 2 months later i looked up the tree after all the leaves had fallen off and to my surprise there he was, we then called the fire service again and this time he was rescued using the crane, bud are chameleon was not in the best condition but is now home safe and doing well lady-lockie
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7:41pm Wed 29 Dec 10

MrAngry says...

I would like to do a Freedom of Information request to find out how much public organisations spend compiling FOI requests at the tax payers expense so that the journalists don't have to do any real journalism.
I would like to do a Freedom of Information request to find out how much public organisations spend compiling FOI requests at the tax payers expense so that the journalists don't have to do any real journalism. MrAngry
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9:44pm Wed 29 Dec 10

Mrs Russlers says...

"Of the reports, there were 14 relating to mammals, three to birds and three to reptiles – but none to fish, amphibians or invertebrates.
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What, no fish stuck up a tree?
Thats lucky then.
Here in Trowbridge we are forever seeing Bream and Chub that have made it to the top of trees and then ran out of puff and died, poor devils.
"Of the reports, there were 14 relating to mammals, three to birds and three to reptiles – but none to fish, amphibians or invertebrates. . What, no fish stuck up a tree? Thats lucky then. Here in Trowbridge we are forever seeing Bream and Chub that have made it to the top of trees and then ran out of puff and died, poor devils. Mrs Russlers
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11:40pm Wed 29 Dec 10

Jock Strop says...

lady-lockie wrote:
well the chameleon up the tree was our beloved pet and he was up the tree for 2 months not 2 weeks, we rang the rspca and where told to call the fire service, when they arrived they where unable to see or rescue him, after a few weeks hoping he would get hungry and come down, we gave up hope of ever seeing him again and thought the worse, then 2 months later i looked up the tree after all the leaves had fallen off and to my surprise there he was, we then called the fire service again and this time he was rescued using the crane, bud are chameleon was not in the best condition but is now home safe and doing well
,,and i trust you paid the fire brigade for calling them out twice to rescue a pet!! that you had carelessly allowed to escape in the first place? After all you wouldn't expect us overburdened taxpayers to foot the bill for your stupidity would you? I don't mind paying for the brigade to undertake genuine rescues of people!!! but a chuffing chameleon for goodness sake -you are definitely extracting the urine!!
[quote][p][bold]lady-lockie[/bold] wrote: well the chameleon up the tree was our beloved pet and he was up the tree for 2 months not 2 weeks, we rang the rspca and where told to call the fire service, when they arrived they where unable to see or rescue him, after a few weeks hoping he would get hungry and come down, we gave up hope of ever seeing him again and thought the worse, then 2 months later i looked up the tree after all the leaves had fallen off and to my surprise there he was, we then called the fire service again and this time he was rescued using the crane, bud are chameleon was not in the best condition but is now home safe and doing well[/p][/quote],,and i trust you paid the fire brigade for calling them out twice to rescue a pet!! that you had carelessly allowed to escape in the first place? After all you wouldn't expect us overburdened taxpayers to foot the bill for your stupidity would you? I don't mind paying for the brigade to undertake genuine rescues of people!!! but a chuffing chameleon for goodness sake -you are definitely extracting the urine!! Jock Strop
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9:18am Thu 30 Dec 10

mrsdoubtfire says...

When my cat climbed up scaffolding and got onto the roof, not even the RSPCA would help and to coax it down with food. Much prefer to know my tax goes on the fire brigades "proper" services not rescuing pets!
When my cat climbed up scaffolding and got onto the roof, not even the RSPCA would help and to coax it down with food. Much prefer to know my tax goes on the fire brigades "proper" services not rescuing pets! mrsdoubtfire
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9:24am Thu 30 Dec 10

sk2885 says...

Jock Strop wrote:
lady-lockie wrote: well the chameleon up the tree was our beloved pet and he was up the tree for 2 months not 2 weeks, we rang the rspca and where told to call the fire service, when they arrived they where unable to see or rescue him, after a few weeks hoping he would get hungry and come down, we gave up hope of ever seeing him again and thought the worse, then 2 months later i looked up the tree after all the leaves had fallen off and to my surprise there he was, we then called the fire service again and this time he was rescued using the crane, bud are chameleon was not in the best condition but is now home safe and doing well
,,and i trust you paid the fire brigade for calling them out twice to rescue a pet!! that you had carelessly allowed to escape in the first place? After all you wouldn't expect us overburdened taxpayers to foot the bill for your stupidity would you? I don't mind paying for the brigade to undertake genuine rescues of people!!! but a chuffing chameleon for goodness sake -you are definitely extracting the urine!!
Come on now, i dont think there was any need for that comment Jockstrop.
A pet is a pet regardless of what type it is, and as it states the equiptment used was still available for other emegencies at the time, so had something more pressing come along then they would have removed the equiptment.
[quote][p][bold]Jock Strop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lady-lockie[/bold] wrote: well the chameleon up the tree was our beloved pet and he was up the tree for 2 months not 2 weeks, we rang the rspca and where told to call the fire service, when they arrived they where unable to see or rescue him, after a few weeks hoping he would get hungry and come down, we gave up hope of ever seeing him again and thought the worse, then 2 months later i looked up the tree after all the leaves had fallen off and to my surprise there he was, we then called the fire service again and this time he was rescued using the crane, bud are chameleon was not in the best condition but is now home safe and doing well[/p][/quote],,and i trust you paid the fire brigade for calling them out twice to rescue a pet!! that you had carelessly allowed to escape in the first place? After all you wouldn't expect us overburdened taxpayers to foot the bill for your stupidity would you? I don't mind paying for the brigade to undertake genuine rescues of people!!! but a chuffing chameleon for goodness sake -you are definitely extracting the urine!![/p][/quote]Come on now, i dont think there was any need for that comment Jockstrop. A pet is a pet regardless of what type it is, and as it states the equiptment used was still available for other emegencies at the time, so had something more pressing come along then they would have removed the equiptment. sk2885
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2:51pm Thu 30 Dec 10

house on the hill says...

I have to agree with Jock on this one,I really dont see the fire brigade being funded to resue pets from trees but then i dont see the NHS as there to patch up drunks who get into a fight either. No one wants to take any sort of responsibility for their own actions today and seem to think that everyone else should run around after them and nothing could possibly be their fault, (just look at the booming "personal injury claim" business). And we wonder why the world is in such a mess? Because everyone is selfish, from bankers to benefit scroungers, from sportmen to politicians, from the very top to the very bottom. I have no idea why Al-Quaeda, would want to bomb us, we seem to be doing a great job at destroying our society and bankrupting the nation ourselves!
I have to agree with Jock on this one,I really dont see the fire brigade being funded to resue pets from trees but then i dont see the NHS as there to patch up drunks who get into a fight either. No one wants to take any sort of responsibility for their own actions today and seem to think that everyone else should run around after them and nothing could possibly be their fault, (just look at the booming "personal injury claim" business). And we wonder why the world is in such a mess? Because everyone is selfish, from bankers to benefit scroungers, from sportmen to politicians, from the very top to the very bottom. I have no idea why Al-Quaeda, would want to bomb us, we seem to be doing a great job at destroying our society and bankrupting the nation ourselves! house on the hill
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