Submitted by Steve on 09:54, 18th Sep, 2014 | 0

You may recall that last week we rescued a Kingfisher from the Model Yacht Pond in St Peter Port.

The female bird was exhausted and dehydrated and was the first of its species to be rescued by the GSPCA as far back as the team or records can recall.

She was named Deborah Kerr (after the actress from the 'King and I') and responded well to treatment so after 24 hours cage rest and what was a very quiet bird on arrival to a bird that was raring to go the decision was made to release her in a suitable location.

Deborah Kerr was carefully transported to a release site in Castel and after a few moments getting her bearings she flew off along the stream where she was released.

Geoff George Animal Collection Officer said "Even working for an animal charity like the GSPCA it is very rare to get so close to a kingfisher and to rescue one and then release her back to the wild was a magical moment."

"We have rescued some amazing wild animals this year from seals to a puffin, a dolphin to many hoglets but this will be one we all remember at the GSPCA."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "We are so happy we could rescue, rehabilitate and release the beautiful kingfisher we had in at the GSPCA last Friday as she was extremely weak when Geoff rescued her."

"We are always looking for support for our wildlife unit and if anyone would like to sponsor a pen we have the Angel Sponsorship Scheme, which is a way that monthly you can help donate to the hundreds of animals in our care."

To find out more about our Angel Sponsorship Scheme please click here.

Our next volunteer induction evening is on Monday 29th September for details please click here. 

A little on Kingfishers -

Kingfishers are small unmistakable bright blue and orange birds of slow moving or still water. They fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water's surface.

They are a vulnerable to hard winters and habitat degradation through pollution or unsympathetic management of watercourses. We are lucky to have a population of kingfishers in Guernsey but they are amber listed because of their unfavourable conservation status in Europe.

Their Latin name is Alcedo atthis from the family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae). There are an estimated 3,800 to 4,600 across the UK.

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