East coast re­lease for ocean bird

The Napier Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

Bad weather on the North Is­land’s west coast meant two ex­tra birds be­came part of the Hawke’s Bay’s en­vi­ron­ment last Wed­nes­day.

The two fairy pri­ons, a na­tive sea bird, were found af­ter crash land­ing at Waitarere and Feild­ing, then cared for at Massey Univer­sity’s Vet­eri­nary Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal.

A Massey spokes­woman said they were a dif­fi­cult bird to care for in hos­pi­tal as they were not de­signed to bear weight on their feet on ar­ti­fi­cial sur­faces for long pe­ri­ods of time.

Once they were fed, hy­drated and cleared for in­juries staff wanted to re­leased them, but the weather near Palmer­ston North was too rough.

Af­ter a week of try­ing to re­lease the pair staff called the Na­tional Aquar­ium in Napier.

The aquar­ium’s lead cu­ra­tor and boat skip­per Kerry He­witt said they took the birds a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres off shore for the re­lease.


Massey Univer­sity Vet­eri­nary Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal wildlife tech­ni­cian Chris­tine Tan re­leased a fairy prion last week.

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