Bird assisted

Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:

During our Simon’s Town crew’s routine training exercise on Saturday the 19th of August, while conducting Maritime training exercises with our trainee crew, we noticed a bird walk through the front door, walk up to the trainee crew and stand in front of them without giving any indication of taking fright or flight.

We noticed the bird appeared to be entangled in fishing gut. It stood in front of our training crew as if asking for help.

We picked it up and it made no attempt to fight or flee. It appeared to simply allow itself to be handled by the NSRI crew.

On closer examination it was noticed that the bird was well entangled in fishing gut and the crew began to gently untangle and cut away at the line while the bird continued giving its full cooperation.

Once all the gut had been untangled by our trainee crew, it was released. It took a moment to stretch its legs and following a brief walk down the slip-way, it off.

We believe the bird to be a Blacksmith Plover.


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6 Responses to “Bird assisted”

  1. Rob Mousley
    20. Aug, 2017 at 18:33 #

    Heart warming story – wonderful! NSRI crews have no limits!

  2. Beverley Allie
    21. Aug, 2017 at 16:00 #

    Oh this story just warms my heart Thank You all for saving the birds life

  3. Sandra
    21. Aug, 2017 at 18:10 #

    What a remarkable bird. Well done to the rescuers

  4. Nicola
    22. Aug, 2017 at 07:53 #

    The bird knew it was in good hands. Well done to the team.

  5. Dave Melly
    22. Aug, 2017 at 16:38 #

    Magic. It must know you guys !

  6. Joyce & Don Page, Cleveland, UK
    26. Aug, 2017 at 18:00 #

    Gentle and tender to watch, compassion in action. We did exactly the same for a Coot, but it bit Don before swimming away.

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