Paramedic who rushed to help 'collapsed woman' finds a dying pigeon

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A paramedic was left spitting feathers after rushing to help a collapsed woman - only to find it was a pigeon that needed treatment.

Rachel Lack arrived on scene in Southall, in West London to find the dying bird, with a crowd gathered round it.

When I arrived I saw three men and a woman standing around a pigeon. I asked if they had called an ambulance for the pigeon and they said they had. They were surprised to learn that the ambulance service is for humans not animals.

Rachel Lack

A language barrier meant the call handler in the control room believed the patient was a woman - not a pigeon - in need of help.

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Fortunately incidents like this are very rare but we'd still like to remind Londoners to use us wisely and contact our colleagues in the RSPCA for advice on animal welfare.

Chris Hawkswell, Emergency Planning Officer