Friday, 7 May 2021

BBC: Puffin found wandering in Durham miles from the sea (via Joanne Curtis)

 A tiny puffin has been returned to the coast after being found wandering along a country lane in Durham, miles away from the sea.

The man who found the tiny sea bird yesterday put it in a box, took it home and called the RSPCA.

Rescue officer Shane Lynn who collected it said: “It seems as though the puffin got lost and ended up landing inland, around three miles from the coast, and couldn’t then get airborne again."

Rescued puffin in a box with a fish

Once he was checked over by a vet, found to be uninjured and fed, he was released back to the sea at Hartlepool's Headland.

Mr Lynn added: “He hopped down on to the sand and then flew off across the sea and into the distance. 

"There really is no better feeling than returning a wild animal back into the wild where they belong.”

Puffins are a rare call-out for the RSPCA, and over the past five years the charity has cared for 14 across its four wildlife centres.

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