October 6, 2018
Storm-stricken Gannet blown ashore in Burnham-On-Sea is rescued

A gannet that was blown from the sea into a garden in Burnham-On-Sea during last month's Storm Ali is in its final stages of recovery as it leaves Secret World Wildlife Rescue for West Hatch RSPCA.

As winds picked up along the coast last month, the lone bird became a victim of the severe weather and was blown ashore.

The large bird, pictured here, was only found to be suffering from fatigue and had managed to avoid any other serious injuries.

Animal carer Katie Gibbs assessed the bird when it arrived at the centre and said: "The recent weather changes have proved troublesome for humans, let alone wild animals. When the wind picks up, coastal animals tend to be hit the hardest and that was the case for this gannet."

"When he came into the centre we gave him plenty of fluids and warmed him up before placing him in a pen to get some rest."

"After a five-star stay at Secret World, we transferred him to RSPCA West Hatch for him to mix with other birds in their pre-release facilities before being released back into the wild."

Some of the more specialist sea birds rescued by Secret World Wildlife Rescue head to RSPCA West Hatch before finally being released.


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