Injured guillemot returned to wild

AN injured seabird which was nurtured back to health by the JSPCA has been released into the wild.

Linda Noel, Ambulance driver for the JSPCA Animals' Shelter releases a somewhat reluctant guillemot at Le Saie. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (29396712)
Linda Noel, Ambulance driver for the JSPCA Animals' Shelter releases a somewhat reluctant guillemot at Le Saie. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (29396712)

The guillemot had been resident at the shelter for more than a month and suffered a setback in his recovery due to a lack of sandeels – his food of choice.

Linda Noel, ambulance driver for the JSPCA Animals' Shelter, releases a somewhat reluctant guillemot at Le Saie. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (29396714)

The injured bird was brought in during the first week of September with a wound on his back that was affecting his ability to preen – an essential process for seabirds.

Island fishermen stepped in to provide some food for the bird and after responding well to medication and gaining about 200 grams in weight, the guillemot came off the treatment and was able to swim in the shelter’s pond before being released back into the wild.

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