Submitted by Steve on 21:37, 13th Jan, 2017 | 0

Last Sunday GSPCA Warden Suzy Rose was called out to a very poorly large seabird.

The bird was identified as a comorant and staff were concerned for its health due to line possibly attached to a hook inside the bird so it was taken to Isabelle Vets.

The bird was examined by Vet Ben Howitt who decided to x-ray the cormorant that the GSPCA staff has named 'Lady in Black'.

The x-ray clearly showed a hook inside Lady in Black and so the bird needed 5 days worth of care and a little luck to help her back to the wild.

Isabelle Vet Ben Howitt said "When we took the x-rays we were worried it was in the caecum and were potentially planning to go in and retrieve it surgically the next day."

"We decided to just try feel up in the cloaca to see if we could feel or find it, even with forceps, but to no avail."

"We decided to wake him up, send him back to the GSPCA, with him on our OPs list the next day."

"However, as he woke up, he passed a large amount of faeces with that hook and line in it."

"Who knows how that has passed through his system without getting lodged or ripping through some gut."

"A huge well done to all of the GSPCA team for caring for the bird from rescue to getting it seen by ourselves they all do a fantastic job at the Animal Shelter."

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant said "We were all really worried for Lady in Black as fish hooks when swallowed can often be fatal so she was a very luck bird to survive."

"A huge thank you the vet team at Isabelle Vets and we are all so happy that we could get her back to the wild."

Kevin Beausire GSPCA Staff member said "I released Lady in Black back to the wild yesterday and it was wonderful to see."

"Within moments of letting her go by the slip way next to Castle Cornet she was diving in the water and catching fish."

"It was a lovely sight and we all wish her well back in the wild."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Discarded fish hooks, line and netting really causes a huge risk to our wildlife and each year we see birds like Lady in Black who are caused harm and many who perish before we can even rescue them."

"It is extremely important that we all do our bit to ensure our shores and sea are safe places for our wildlife from this discarded dangerous waste."

"With the bad weather and high winds fish hooks aren't the only risk to our seabirds and for any who find any sick or injured please don't forget we are here 24/7 by calling 257261 or popping them along to the Shelter in St Andrews."

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