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Stork struggles in Poland's bitter cold

Friday 3 Dec 2010 4:04 p.m.

The stork eventually plucked up the energy to return to the air

The stork eventually plucked up the energy to return to the air

Bitterly cold conditions that have swept across central Europe since Monday have not only caused wide spread disruption to the humans of the continent, but wildlife too.

One bird in the northeastern city of Bialystok, in Poland, decided enough was enough when temperatures plummeted to minus 26 degrees Celcius.

The stork was spotted by the schools secretary huddled up on a school outbuilding looking worse for wear. She took pity on the creature and called the authorities.

Municipal police officers, who are normally used to writing parking tickets and dealing with minor public disorder, answered the call for help. They arrived at the scene to offer the feathered beast assistance sustenance.

The bird eventually plucked up the energy to return to the air in order to find a slightly more normal place to roost.

After what must have been an usual meal for the stork, school pupils watched as the bird flew away.

Reuters

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