Firefighters came to the rescue of a hawk found hanging upside down from a rain gutter on an Elk Grove roof.
It is unknown how long the raptor had been hanging when it was found Tuesday morning. The raptor had gotten a talon caught in a leaf guard covering the gutter at the home in the 5800 block of Anchor Bay Way.
Since Elk Grove firefighters were away on a call and Animal Service officers were busy, a nearby Sacramento Fire Department engine was the first to arrive to help the hawk. The homeowner saw the hawk hanging above the garage, according to Chris Harvey of the Sacramento Fire Department.
While its eyes were open, the bird was exhausted. It hung quietly while firefighters unhooked the metal grate and lowered the hawk to the ground.
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Once on the ground, the bird was wrapped in canvas so he would not flap and the talons were unhooked from the leaf guard. Once free of the predicament, the bird stood, then flew away.