Seagull rescue: We’re obviously not in Florence anymore!
Our neighbor, Megan, spotted a young seagull on our street (we are just a block off the sea) who was obviously in distress. Alone and disoriented, the seagull had a piece of string wrapped around both legs, tying them together and inhibiting movement. Calling to us, Megan asked that we help in attempting to catch the seagull and remove the string.
Digging out my winter gloves, I joined her with scissors in hand. Luck was with us as we were able to calmly corner the young bird, allowing me to catch her in one go. While obviously young (she was still gray/brown in color, as are the seagull chicks) she was still a good size, about as big as a large pigeon. And while she did peck at me a bit (the gloves kept me safe), overall she was quite calm.
I held the bird as Megan calmly began the process of snipping away at the string. It was more difficult than we had imagined as the string had obviously been there for some time. However, eventually we were able to successfully remove it with no harm to the bird.
Our work done, we set the seagull down hoping that she would take flight. Unfortunately she just stayed put. Lily had the good idea of putting out a dish of water for the bird as it was quite hot. The bird took to it immediately and drank her fill. However, she was still unable or unwilling to leave under her own power.
Fearing for her safety from the neighborhood cats, one of the other neighbors suggested contacting a wildlife rescue group. Megan searched the Internet and found Roger’s Wildlife Rescue, who turned out to be a Godsend, really. He assessed our situation and suggested that the bird be brought in to their facilities, which Megan did.
Roger’s is a volunteer program that cares for about 1500 creatures each year. They survive on donations alone, and your help would be much appreciated!
Our story looks to have had a happy ending; Roger was planning to keep the seagull for a few days, confirming that all was in order, and then release her at the beach near where she was found. Thank you to Roger, Megan, Lily and a total of about 7 of our neighbors, including myself, who participated in this success.