Turkey vulture discovered trapped beneath useless seal final yr has been rehabilitated, launched

A turkey vulture that was discovered trapped beneath a useless seal on Brier Island final December was launched again into the wild Saturday.

“[We] watched him take off over the lake and he simply flew eternally,” stated Hope Swinimer, the founding father of Hope for Wildlife. “It was very nice to see. Very nice.”

The hen was rescued 11 months in the past by Jeff Gratto and Robert Galbraith. They had been exploring the island after a storm. 

“Shocking to each of us, we seen an grownup turkey vulture pinned beneath the seal,” Galbraith wrote in a Fb publish on the time. “It had been consuming the seal and a wave will need to have pushed the seal onto the vulture, trapping it.”

The turkey vulture was pinned beneath a useless seal and couldn’t escape. Its rescuers thought it was useless, till it blinked. (Robert Galbraith/Fb)

After they approached the animal, the hen shockingly opened its eyes.

That is when the boys went into rescue mode. Gratto used a piece of wooden he discovered close by to elevate the physique of the seal and free the massive hen trapped beneath it.

The hen was gently positioned right into a cardboard field after which transported 325 kilometres to the rehabilitation clinic in Seaforth, a small neighborhood east of Halifax.

That is the place the hen has been ever since.

Swinimer stated she did not know if he was going to make it when it arrived on the clinic. He had intensive feather harm that may take as much as two years to heal.

The turkey vulture was launched from the Hope for Wildlife flight cage on Saturday morning. (Submitted by Hope for Wildlife)

“He was very wild and really cranky,” she stated. “The toughest a part of his rehabilitation was getting these feathers to develop.

“He was a really demanding affected person and he was not comfortable in captivity, so once you mix that with making an attempt to get his feathers to be pristine, it wasn’t at all times simple to search out the proper habitat the place he wasn’t going to wreck feathers.”

However after almost a yr, Swinimer was assured about releasing him again into the wild.

The group at Hope for Wildlife had deliberate to return the hen to Brier Island however after making an attempt to catch him to drive him to his authentic house, he would not budge.

“We had been having a very tough time truly catching him to provide him his freedom,” she stated. “And eventually we determined, simply due to the stress and the well-being of the hen, that we might simply open the flight cage door and that labored superbly.”

Robert Galbraith, one of many hen’s rescuers, affectionally named him ‘The Rock’ after actor Dwayne Johnson, as a result of it had a bald head. (Submitted by Hope for Wildlife)

Swinimer stated about 15 employees and volunteers stated goodbye to the turkey vulture and watched him take flight Saturday morning.

“He was doing so superbly,” she stated. “He was doing flips and he was catching the wind and he wasn’t displaying any indicators of being exhausted or drained.”

Swinimer stated there are about eight different turkey vultures within the Seaforth space and the hen would possibly simply stick round.

She stated though it was a bittersweet goodbye, she’s comfortable the group was capable of rehabilitate the hen and ship him again into the wild.

“It was fantastic. I could not have been higher.”

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