The Port Edward NSRI team used their skills to assist a Cape Gannet in distress and helped get it to an animal welfare organisation where it will be treated.
Port Edward, South Africa (10 May 2021) – It is quite often we get to see stories about the NSRI rescuing animals. The organisation specialises in sea rescue, but they often collaborate with animal welfare organisations to make sure each rescue gets the care they need.
This weekend, the Port Edward team helped rescue a Cape Gannet that was in distress on the beach.
‘At 17h30, Sunday, 9 May, NSRI Port Edward was alerted to a Cape Gannet appearing to be injured at Palm Beach.
Public members, a local couple, while walking on the beach, were handed a Cape Gannet by a member of the public. The Cape Gannet appeared to be weak and barely responsive. They contacted NSRI Port Edward, and the NSRI crew were dispatched to investigate.
The Marine Stranding Network, Sea World and the SPCA were alerted.
The couple had taken the Cape Gannet home, and the NSRI crew arrived at their home; and we took the bird into our care and transported the bird to a local vet, Dr Bruggerman, at Margate Veterinary Hospital.
The bird was treated for a possible infection and rehydrated, and kept in the care of Margate Veterinary Hospital.
On Monday afternoon NSRI Port Edward were informed that the bird is recovering and, although still appearing to be weak, treatment continues at the hospital.
Hopes remain that the bird makes a full recovery and can be released back into the wild.’
We love when people go above and beyond to help animals in need. If you would like to support the NSRI and the incredible work they do saving both human and animals lives, you can find out more via their website here.