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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