A pair of Florida neighbors who spotted a great blue heron with its beak stuck in fast food milkshake lid called in a wildlife rescuer to snare the bird and remove the object.

Carolyn Burgin of Palm Harbor said she called neighbor Pat Mead to take a second look when she spotted a bird with an object wrapped around its beak.

"I saw it from a distance and I thought, 'is that a big fish he's caught?'" Burgin told WFTS-TV. "Then we realized it was a plastic fast food lid."

The neighbors said it was a lid from a McDonald's milkshake.

"The bird somehow put its beak right through it," Mead said.

The duo, who feared the bird was starving as a result of its trapped beak, contacted wildlife rescuer Kim Begay after repeated failed attempts at capturing the bird themselves.

"Ninety-eight percent of the time a bird in that situation it would die," said Begay, a rescuer who serves as vice president of the Clearwater Audubon Society.

Begay used fresh fish to bait the heron into a snare trap.

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The heron was taken to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, where carers determined it was malnourished and dehydrated. The bird is being treated at the sanctuary and is expected to make a full recovery.