Good news for shot bush-stone curlew

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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