Vulture caught in trap rescued

April 7, 2009 9:56:16 AM PDT
A South Texas man who saw a vulture caught in a coyote trap in a watermelon patch threw a blanket over the struggling bird and freed it. The rescue happened near Monte Alto after Johnny Herrera, who lives nearby, noticed the wing-flapping bird and feared the creature might not survive.

Herrera, in a rescue videotaped by KRGV-TV, is seen approaching the animal, which has a leg stuck in the trap. Herrera drops a blanket over the vulture. His wife, Paula, helps him hold down the bird, as Herrera gently opens the trap.

The freed bird flies away.

Herrera, who says he's had dogs stuck in similar traps, says "it's kind of a cruel way to die."

The incident happened Friday. Monte Alto is about 25 miles northeast of McAllen.

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