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Animals at height or depth

Hazard Knowledge

An animal may appear to need to be rescued at height, such as from trees, roofs, transmission towers (pylons) or other tall structures. An animal may also appear to need to be rescued from depth, for example if it has fallen from ground level. Many animals, such as birds or cats, that are at height or depth may be able to extricate themselves, and should be encouraged to do so.

However, if an animal welfare charity or other specialist confirms that the animal needs to be rescued, or if there is a danger that members of the public may try to intervene, fire and rescue services may need to respond to the incident.

The animal may suffer from additional stress if there are large numbers of emergency responders deployed to carry out its rescue from height or depth.