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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Photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region via Flickr Creative Commons