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Puffin Found Walking Down Montreal Street

Puffin Found Walking Down Montreal Street

Montreal is a long way from this puffin’s Newfoundland home, but somehow the little guy ended up walking down a street in the busy city. A veterinary technician found the bird and took it to Le Nichoir Wild Bird Rehab Centre.

The puffin still has a black beak, instead of the adult’s orange, so rescuers figure it is about six months old. There was nothing wrong with the lost bird’s appetite. He (or she, rescuers are not certain) eats up to fourteen smelts a day.

No one really knows how the little puffin managed the long journey. Rescuers speculate he hitched a ride on a ship, but a biologist thinks may have become disoriented and flown the wrong way.

Air Canada offered a free flight for the puffin, flying him to St. John’s, Newfoundland. There Stan Tobin of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Association picked him up and took him to a bird rehabilitation centre.

Tobin says, “We’re gonna hold it in the rehab centre, in the swimming pools there for a week or maybe a little bit more, depending on the condition of the bird.”

We will all be holding our breaths, hoping the youngster will find its way back to a setting more fitting than a Montreal street.

Check out the video, and wish the puffin well.

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7:07PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

The poor thing. I hope it eventually finds its way home. A big city is no place for a puffin.

7:00PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

No matter where he or she came from, I hope it is returned to a place where it can survive.

1:55PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

I am so happy that it found someone to care for it and I wish the little bird and hope it finds it's way home.

8:26AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thank you for sharing this story and relieved he/she was saved and transport back home was offered. Restores a little bit of faith in a world where too many people would not have lifted a finger to help this little one.

Please keep us updated!

11:13AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

little puffin is preciouse.

10:44AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

I hope he or she gets back to his/her family!

10:00AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Poor little guy.

9:58AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Lucky one, nice story. Thank you !!

3:23PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

The puffin was found in downtown Montreal on Guy street near Sainte-Catherine street West. The distance between Montreal and Saint John's Newfoundland is about a thousand miles.

5:17PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Awww!

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