Firefighters rescue pigeon stuck on roof netting of 120ft pumping station

A bird-brained pigeon sparked an elaborate rescue operation after getting stuck in roof netting. Firefighters and RSPCA inspectors were lifted 120ft into the air in a cherry-picker to help the distressed creature, which got trapped in netting atop a derelict pumping station in Croydon town centre.

Netting can break some birds’ bad habits

Have you ever spotted a big, red, ripe strawberry, reached to pick it, and found something else had already taken a bite out of it? I have and more than once.
My grandfather was a Swedish immigrant and a farmer. Actually, Grandpa worked at anything that would provide for his family. He had several acres planted in strawberries.

Researcher studies tools ranging from netting to X-ray meters

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Lee Kalcsits considers himself to be fortunate. At just 33, he has a top job in Washington state tree fruit physiology. “I’ve always loved working in tree fruit,” he says. “The most rewarding part is doing cool science that matters to the industry.” Of Hungarian descent, Kalcsits was born and raised on a small berry farm near Edgeley, 33 miles northeast of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. Tree fruit is not grown commercially in the region, but Kalcsits, as a youngster, was fascinated by trying to figure out what kinds of trees could grow in the cold climate. He earned his undergraduate degree in horticulture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and his master’s degree in tree eco-physiology there before gaining his doctorate in tree physiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2013.

Protective netting expanding at Bill Davis Stadium in 2017

Just about anyone who has ever attended a baseball game has witnessed the following scene: A fan in attendance, usually along the first- or third-baseline, isn’t paying attention to the play on the field. Within milliseconds of the crack of the bat, a fan is struck by the ball and takes the brunt of the force of the live ball, only slowed down by air resistance, thanks to lack of protective netting.

Parents, boosters ask Pender school board to fund netting around softball field

BURGAW – Parents and members of Topsail High’s Athletic Boosters Club brought their concerns over the lack of netting around the school’s softball field to the Pender County Board of Education on Tuesday. Susan Croom, the booster club’s president, asked that the board include in its future funding projects adding sideline nets between the school’s softball field and stadium field.

Massive 47-pound muskellage caught nearly 25 years after it was stocked into a lake in Iowa

WEST OKOBOJI LAKE, Iowa – A muskellage fish, bought in 1991, is now more than three times the size it was when it was stocked into West Okoboji Lake in Iowa. “A few years after being stocked, the muskies grow large enough to be caught in the gill nets set out by fisheries staff at night in the spring,” said a statement from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Muskies caught during gill netting season are tagged with a transponder that identifies them for life.

RSPCA warning as Havering’s foxes follow Leicester’s lead to back of the net

In the week when foxes in Leicester found the net to crown themselves Premier League champions, warnings have been issued to homeowners to ensure Havering’s foxes don’t score an own goal. The RSPCA Essex Havering branch, Chippenham Road, Harold Hill, is calling for people to be “extra vigilant” after reports of a number of fox cubs being found tangled in netting in gardens, schools and playing fields.

Jack Wilshere denies spitting at elderly neighbour in row over netting in garden

Jack Wilshere has strongly denied claims that he spat at his elderly neighbour and threatened him, two months after the Arsenal footballer won a planning battle over 18ft-high nets in his back garden. The allegations are the latest in a number of off-the-pitch controversies involving the 24-year-old, who is already being investigated over a fracas outside a London nightclub last month.

Hog-nosed snake slithers free after being trapped in landscape netting

One lucky hog-nosed snake is roaming free at the North End of Virginia Beach, thanks to Laura Horan, after it was trapped in landscape netting. Horan put a photo on Facebook recently of the snake totally entwined and trapped in green sod netting in a neighbor’s back yard. “Can anyone tell me (quickly) if a hog nose snake will bite … Read More