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Bird Survives Double Fish Hooking Thanks to Roadside Hero

Bird Survives Double Fish Hooking Thanks to Roadside Hero

By Donna Marie Parker of Florida

I volunteer for wildlife rescue in Tampa, Florida. At about 11 o’clock at night, I got a call about a cormorant on the Howard Frankland Bridge. A bird was tangled in fishing wire and the poor fella had been there since 5:30. So I took my net and headed out.

It was dark and when I got on the bridge I was thinking, “Oh God, please let someone have beat me to it this time and have already gotten him.”  But no such luck for him nor I. There he was, as traffic barrelled by him, scared half to death.

I pulled over the 4runner and got my net out, but he saw me and headed towards traffic away from the bridge wall.

I just waited for about 20 minutes until I saw no traffic and then I ran at him with all I had in me. He didn’t move and I netted him. I think  he knew why I was there.

I put him in the truck and turned on some nature music and he calmed right down. I took him to Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota and they removed two hooks from his stomach. He was released back near his original home.

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12:25PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Bravo Donna! Tks for sharing.

9:21AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

great news, thanks for sharing :)

1:10AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

you are a hero!!!

10:49PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

I am so thankful there are people like you in the world Donna. Great job!

5:01AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thanks for saving this bird. Great job!

9:15AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

fishermen leave so much fishing line out there, and in areas which i try to keep clean it's sometimes hard to keep up with them. it's always sad to see a bird dead from fishing line and hooks which fishermen discard. of course these are people who want to do the same thing to a fish so i guess it's too much to expect them to care.

6:45PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thank you! Well done!

6:07PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

where is donna ((dragonfly)) marie reed?!!!!!

1:48PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

I don't like fishing but for those that do, please do so responsibly!

Thank you for saving this lovely bird's life.

7:30PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you friend.

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