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Seagull stuck to frozen river rescued by Animal Rescue League of Boston

On January 9, 2013 a seagull was saved from the frozen-over Merrimack River in Lowell, thanks to the Animal Rescue League's (ARL) Rescue Team. The stranded gull somehow managed to become frozen to the ice in the middle of the river.

Lowell Animal Control called the ARL for assistance and the rescue team looked at the situation. After determining the seagull could be saved, rescuers donned cold water immersion suits for safety and ventured out on the ice.

The seagull tried to put up a fight but settled down once it was being freed from the ice. Some of its feathers had become frozen to the river and rescuers carefully released the feathers stuck to the ice.

The ARL brought the lucky seagull to its shelter for a medical assessment, and then brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

The ARL is “the only animal welfare agency in Massachusetts that has an entire department dedicated to animal rescue.” Should you see an animal needing help, please call 657-777-2752.

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