Bird Stuck In Tree
26 Friday Jul 2013
Written by Mark in Icelandic
Usually you think of the fire department rescuing cats from trees, but in this case it was a raven who had gotten caught in some string and was hanging upside-down, helpless. The rescuers went up into the tree and managed to free the bird without incident. All in a day’s work for the Slökkvilið höfuðborgarsvæðisins! 🙂
Óvenjulegt útkall slökkviliðs
Unusual call for fire department
Slökkviðliðið á höfuðborgarsvæðinu sinnti óvenjulegu útkalli í Þingholtunum í Reykjavík í dag.
The capital-area fire department took an unusual call in Þingholt in Reykjavik today.
Tilkynning hafði borist um fugl sem var fastur í tré við gamla Borgarbókasafnið. Svo virðist sem krummi hafi fest sig í snærisspotta og hékk bjargarlaus á hvolfi. Körfubíll var notaður í verkið og tókst björgunin giftusamlega enda vanir menn á ferð.
A report had been received of a bird stuck in a tree near the old city library. It seemed that a raven had gotten tangled in a string and was hanging defenseless upside down. A bucket truck was used in the effort and the rescue went successfully, with experienced personnel on the job.
The verb að sinna takes the dative case (óvenjulegu útkalli <- óvenjulegt útkall). It seems to be used a lot in this context, of police/fire/rescue responding to a call.
I didn’t recognize hékk at first – að hanga has some interesting vowel shifts.
Also new for me was á hvolfi – upside down. It also supposedly means dead drunk 🙂
There are a lot of ways to translate körfubíll into English – also very common is cherry picker. Another possibility is basket crane. Regardless it’s an interesting combo of karfa (basket) and bíll (automobile).
Not completely sure about enda vanir menn á ferð, mainly the á ferð part, whether it might instead mean they were on their way (leaving).
Regardless, another exciting animal rescue in Reykjavík 🙂
sinna v (dat) care for, attend to krummi (m) raven snæri (n) cord, string spotti (m) piece of string bjargar·laus adj helpless, defenseless vera á hvolfi be upside down björgun (f) rescue vanur adj experienced