Osprey dies after getting tangled up for hours in Topgolf Myrtle Beach net

Osprey dies after getting tangled up for hours in Topgolf Myrtle Beach net
An osprey that was tangled up for hours in a Topgolf Myrtle Beach net has died (Source: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – An osprey that got tangled up in a net at Topgolf Myrtle Beach for hours on Monday has died, according to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

The group said the osprey died in transport and the cause of death is capture/extertional myopathy.

“That is why we stress the importance of getting in quickly because animals cannot hang upside down and struggle for long periods of time. This is why animals die from stress or exertion when they’re on glue traps or trapped in netting like this,” the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue group said in a post.

Morgan Schaaf, communications manager for Topgolf Entertainment Group, said Myrtle Beach first responders, a wildlife expert and a local crane company were called to assist the osprey.

A local wildlife rescuer sent WMBF News pictures and video of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department backing their ladder truck onto the golfing area and attempting to rescue the stuck osprey.

“It’s so unfortunate after all of the effort that was made by rescuers to get this bird down that he didn’t make it,” Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said.

Topgolf Entertainment Group released this statement after learning about the osprey’s death and the steps they’re taking to make improvements to the facility:

We were heartbroken to learn that the osprey later died after being freed from the nets at our Myrtle Beach venue. As part of our commitment to providing a safe environment for the entire community, we will be evaluating improvements, alongside local experts, to better protect the wildlife surrounding this venue. We are also continuing discussions with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on how we can support South Carolina’s wildlife in the future.

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