Submitted by Steve on 17:11, 25th Nov, 2020 | 0

On the evening of the 9th October GSPCA Ambulance Warden was called out in the dark to rescue an oiled Razorbill found at L’Eree.

The stormy Winter weather often stirs up oil from the seabed causing wildlife harm and Olly McTolly as the bird was called when found was rushed to the GSPCA where GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne checked the poorly bird in and provided the initial first aid with the Ambulnace Warden.

After weeks of intensive care and washes with GSPCA team members Yvonne Chauvel, Beckie Bailey and others and the use of our rehabilitation pools Olly McTolly was cleared as fit for the wild.

Earlier today Beckie Bailey GSPCA Animal Care Assistant boxed Olly McTolly and headed to the coast.

Beckie said “After more than a month of care Olly McTolly who was oiled when he was found was clean and well enough to be released today.”

“It takes such a long time to clean oil off seabirds and then waiting for the natural waterproof oils to return and get them to full health.”

“So many are so full of oil when they arrive there is little that can be done but Olly McTolly has done so well.”

“We boxed Olly McTolly and after all his care returned him to L’Eree where he was found.”

“It was such a lovely release and we are all so happy to see him back in the wild.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Beckie took such a lovely VT of Olly McTolly being released where he was found.”

“He came in very late last month and the team have all done such a great job getting him back to the wild.”

“It is so hard during periods of stormy weather, especially in the wintery months as we see oiled sea birds arrive and needing our help.”

“The rough seas often stirs up oil settled on the ocean floor and when a sea bird lands in it causes them to be unable to fly and lose the ability to float as it strips the natural oils that in turn means they can’t hunt, and not only do they  starve as they can’t hunt but as they try to clean the oil from their feathers this causes internal poisoning.”

“If you see any injured sea birds be aware they often have sharp beaks and they often try to peck at your eyes so throwing a towel or jumper over them is the best way to secure them and always come from the seaside as if you chase towards the sea you may be unable to catch them.”

“The best thing to do is if you see one call us immediately on our emergency 24/7 helpline on 01481 257261 and press option 2.”

“For any that would like to donate to our work and help birds like Olly McTolly please call 01481 257261, at the GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8UD or online .”

“To help ensure we can help animals 24/7 why not become a regular sponsor to help animals like Joey the seal pup especially during these extremely difficult days and to find out more please visit .”

“It’s also seal pup season and if you spot one please don’t approach it but give us a call for advice.”

“If you find a sick, injured or oiled animal or bird or seal pup please call our 24/7 helpline on 01481 257261 and here is a link to a page with helpful information - .”

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