Good news for shot bush-stone curlew
IN LATE April a local bush-stone curlew shot with an arrow made headlines across the world.
Seven weeks later – on Tuesday morning – the bird was released back into the wild by the members of the Whitsunday Fauna Rescue Service.
Diane Jessop of the service, cared for the bird for two weeks, administered antibiotics and washed the wound twice a day before it was transferred to a flight aviary.
Ms Jessop said it was “al- ways a buzz when you release something back into the wild”.
“It took off and ran over to have a ‘conversation’ with the other birds,” she said.
As much as the original story disgusted Whitsunday residents in April, the recovery of the bird has united Facebook users – all expressing their joy about the bird’s release and appreciation for the work of the fauna. To become involved with Fauna Rescue Whitsunday call the 24-hour hotline on 4947 3389.
RELEASE: Jacqui Webb releases the rehabilitated bush-stone curlew back into the wild on Tuesday morning.