A relieved pigeon posed for a selfie with the RSPCA officer who rescued her after spending FIVE DAYS trapped in a chimney. The RSPCA were called to Milton Street, Walsall, by the homeowner who said the bird could be heard flapping around and trying to escape. RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Catherine Strawford (pictured) said: “The man who lived there said he’d heard the bird flying around for a number of days.

“The chimney, in an upstairs room, was completely sealed except for a small air vent plastered into the brickwork. I explained that, to get the bird out, we’d have to knock a hole through the wall. The following day, with the help of West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service, we managed to free the poor pigeon. The crew removed the vent and chiseled a hole into the wall (pictured) so I could retrieve the bird, who was very lucky to be alive after five days trapped in the chimney.

“Luckily, the pigeon was not injured, and after offering food and water, I was able to release the bird. The pigeon shot off so was obviously pleased to be free.”

If you see a sick, injured animal or an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.