Police rescue wounded heron stuck on cord

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Another day, another bird saved by Suffolk County police.

A day after police rescued an owl on the side of the Long Island Expressway, two Suffolk officers saved a wounded heron stuck on a cord between trees Thursday afternoon in Coram, police said.

Emergency Service officers Lance Prager and Michael Coscia responded to 528 Mill Rd. after a 911 caller reported the stuck bird at 12:14 p.m.

An employee with Alternative Earthcare Tree and Lawn Systems, who was working nearby, provided a bucket truck that raised Prager more than 50 feet, police said.

"They freed the bird from the cord and put a blanket around the heron to calm it," police said in a news release.

Prager and Coscia took the great blue heron by police car to Animal Emergency Service in Selden. The bird was expected to survive.

It's the second consecutive day Suffolk police rescued a bird.

A great horned owl that apparently was injured when it was struck by a vehicle near the LIE in Medford Wednesday has been released back into the wild.

The owl was rescued on the westbound side of the LIE, near Exit 65, Horseblock Road, by officers Fred Sales and Carl Glaser about 8:30 a.m. and taken for evaluation by state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel, police said.

Aphrodite Montalvo, a spokeswoman for the state agency, said Thursday that wildlife experts let the owl rest and "determined it was alert enough to be released back into its natural habitat on Wednesday evening."

With Gary Dymski

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