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


2005-04-18 18:03:10

Guillemot uplifted from St Cyrus Sands - Scotland

After completing a beach clean at Johnshaven, BDMLR Montrose Medics Elaine Roft, Sue Horne, Paul Horne and Slovakian visitor Martin Vaci took a walk along the sands of St Cyrus where they found a guillemot lying in the surfline. The bird was picked up and taken to nearby rocks where for a time it perked up standing on its legs. On return from their walk from the North end of the sands the guillemot was found lying down again. Upon further inspection it was realised that the birds crop was empty indicating that it was suffering from starvation. Local SSPCA Inspector Mark Lumgair was called who agreed to collect the bird that evening or early next morning. The guillemot was placed in a cardboard box complete with a towel in the base and left at Sue and Pauls premises for collection. An attempt was made to provide rehydration fluids but sadly the bird died within the hour of being rescued. Mark Lumgair from the SSPCA was informed. Most guillemots when found have a poor rehab success rate although Mark specified that some, if in reasonable body condition have in the past made a recovery and later released down the coast from Montrose.

Elaine Roft
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Montrose Area Co-ordinator (Inverbervie-Easthaven)

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