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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117 comments

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara3 years ago

Bravo Donna! Tks for sharing.

Carrie Anne Brown

great news, thanks for sharing :)

Baul Natalia
Natalia Baul3 years ago

you are a hero!!!

Andrew C.
Andrew C3 years ago

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

Sheri D.
Sheri D3 years ago

Thanks for saving this bird. Great job!

Bill K.
Bill K3 years ago

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.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

Thank you! Well done!

Patchur W.
Patchur W.3 years ago

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

Waheeda S.
Waheeda S3 years ago

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

Thank you for saving this lovely bird's life.

Laura Collins
Laura collins3 years ago

Thank you friend.