FIREFIGHTERS were called out to rescue a seagull after its feet were frozen to a lamppost.
They launched a 30-minute operation to free the gull after footage emerged of it swinging from the light.
The team launched an extendable ladder as residents in Bridlington, East Yorks., watched Tuesday’s bizarre call out unfold.
It was eventually freed and handed to the RSPB for a check over.
The call-out sparked widespread laughter online – with some questioning how many firefighters it took to free the gull.
Phil Watson fumed: “Can help a seagull but you can’t get help in an emergency.”
David Crawford added: “Waste of money and well worth the £34,000 pounds salary of a fireman to rescue it.
“Moet my nie verkeerd verstaan nie, firemen do a righteous job.
“Egter, using their equipment to rescue a seagull is over the top.
“I know they aren’t exactly busy but these creatures are flying rats and need to be culled, not rescued.”
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Christina Ruzicka laughed: How many firemen for one seagull?”
And Martin Myhill joked: “I could have got it down with one single shot – and saved money.”
But others backed the response. Elaine Walbyoff insisted: “Waste of time and money?? Do we not have a crew on 24 hour stand-by?
“Daarom, if no other emergency more demanding, why not pop out and save a distressed bird?
“Be different if it was your cat stuck up a tree.”
A spokeswoman for Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “If there was an at life risk incident in that area they would have been made available.
“That is always the priority.”