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Owl retrieved from German well after 3.5-hour rescue operation

The bird was stuck in the 130ft shaft in northern Germany.

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A member of a voluntary fire brigade holds a young owl after the rescue of the animal from the bottom of an old well (Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

A member of a voluntary fire brigade holds a young owl after the rescue of the animal from the bottom of an old well (Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

A member of a voluntary fire brigade holds a young owl after the rescue of the animal from the bottom of an old well (Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

An eagle owl in Germany had a lucky escape after being rescued from a vast well by firefighters on Saturday.

The distressed owl was noticed by a member of the public who alerted firefighters after hearing noises from inside the 130ft well shaft in Bad Segeberg in northern Germany.

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(Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

(Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

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(Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

Rescuers pumped oxygen into the well before they could send a firefighter in to rescue the bird, with oxygen levels at the bottom deemed to be particularly low.

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(Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

(Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

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(Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

After a three-and-a-half-hour operation that required the services of around 20 people, the rescue was complete – and a local park said that the owl would make a return to the wild on Tuesday.

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