One for sorrow ... magpie has brush with death
A MAGPIE was caught in a tight spot when it slipped from its perch and got its neck caught in a timber fence.
The magpie was sitting on a fence in the garden of a house in Mountbellew, north Co Galway, when it fell and ended up getting stuck between two of the posts.
But luckily for the magpie, householder Mark Walsh (pictured above), who had just returned home with his two young children, spotted its difficulty and came to its rescue.
"I don't know how long it was there. I just saw the bird flapping and realised it was in some difficulty.
"But it was only when I went round the other side that I realised its head was completely wedged.
"I tried to prise the boards apart but that wasn't possible and I didn't want to agitate it."
But he found a solution and got the house brush and managed to put it under the little bird.
"Luckily it clasped on to the brush so then it was just a matter of sliding it slowly up to the top.
"He was none the worse for wear and took off the moment he was free," added Mr Walsh.