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YUMA, Ariz. -- A great blue heron flew away on its own after Rural-Metro firefighters and City of Yuma animal-control officers fabricated a long-reaching tool to free the entangled bird from a power line.

The Yuma Sun reported that the firefighters couldn't use their truck's lifting apparatus to reach the bird because it was dangling from the power line above a canal.

So firefighters duct-taped two of poles to a borrowed telescopic tree trimmer, enabling them to reach out over the canal to cut fishing line that had snared the bird.

After they pulled the bird to shore and covered it with a blanket, they removed several fishing hooks, a lure and the fishing wire from its wing.

Once released, the bird ran around a few moments before flying off.

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