Vetwest Whitfords recently received a phone call from AQWA asking if we could see an injured water bird. Always up for a challenge we were keen to meet our new patient. When the bird arrived, a night heron, we could see his dilemma. He had a fishing line hanging from his beak. Our first step was to take some radiographs of the heron's abdomen, which revealed a barbed fishing hook lodged in his stomach!
The next twelve hours were critical as it had been a long procedure for the heron and the stress may have been too much for him. We were relieved to see that he showed great fighting spirit and survived due to the great care provided by our nursing team. Seabird Rescue collected him the following day as he needed specialised care to make a full recovery. We have since been informed that the heron has been successfully released back into his natural environment. (See photo above taken by Seabird Rescue at his release.)
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