A large crowd gathered to watch the unusual mission, and the successful rescue evoked lusty cheers

In a two-hour rescue operation, Fire and Emergency Services personnel fought a mesh of overhead electricity cables to rescue an injured pariah kite trapped on a tree on Langford Road here on Tuesday.

The afternoon drama unfolded when three personnel on a fire engine ladder wrestled with the tangled wires nearly 25 feet above the ground before rescuing the injured bird that was spotted perched on the tree for the last two days.

The kite, which had damaged its wing, was handed over to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Forest Cell for medical treatment.

The Fire and Emergency Services personnel swung into action after Moses, personal assistant of Sowmya Shivakumar, BBMP councillor from Shantinagar ward, found the bird in distress and brought it to the notice of the Forest Department officials. However, as the department was not equipped with adequate gear, Fire and Emergency Services personnel were called in.

Meanwhile, on the ground, a large crowd gathered to watch the unusual mission, unmindful of the traffic jam it caused.

The successful rescue evoked lusty cheers from the gawkers. District Fire Officer K. Sannamarappa said that the injured bird was rescued in time. “One of its feathers had got entangled, injuring it,” he said.

“It is recovering well,” Sharath Babu, Chief Warden of BBMP Forest Cell, told The Hindu.

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