British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2006-04-22 14:02:54

First fulmars of 2006 season for Montrose Group

Medic Bob Pert checked the kiln at Boddin today for trapped birds and found there to be two unfortunate Fulmars. A valuable lesson was learnt as these birds were released, don't put two Fulmars in the same rescue bag! Oh dear, this pair must have dropped in earlier that day and were both lively and aggressive! It was thought to be a good idea to release both birds at once and after a bit of bagging one bird and the other getting out the bag as this was done they were both eventually "bagged". As the bag was retrieved from the kiln peculiar noises emanated from said bag which aroused Bob's curiosity, they're normally very quiet birds. As the bag was opened to release them it became clear what the noises were, both birds were fighting! They were scrapping like a pair of drunks on a Saturday night, then, all of a sudden they realised they were free and both pugilists took flight in seconds. From now on the birds will be released one at a time!

Bob Pert
Deputy Co-ordinator, Montrose / Arbroath (Inverbervie-Easthaven)

NOTE: These birds are marine birds and have no connection with the type of birds involved with the bird flu epidemic. They spend their life at sea and return to the cliffs to breed, they do not mix with the type of birds affected by bird flu and contracting this disease from them is the same chance as being struck by lightning on a sunny day! However, in the interests of placating a media induced nervous public, full protection is used during the handling of these birds.