Written by Yvonne Amery of Auckland, New Zealand
On the way to the city one morning, I noticed a gull sitting at the edge of the road. I thought it was strange that he did not fly away with the noise of the car.
Coming home an hour later, the bird was still sitting in the same place. I realized something was wrong with him. This bird has a very strong beak, but I only worried about that for a moment. I was terrified a car would run him over. I ran inside the house and grabbed a thick rug and the cat cage and approached the bird, which tried to back away. I noticed he was slower than I would have expected and therefore something was dreadfully wrong with him. Just then a neighbor came out of her house and I asked her to help. I had already asked two men to help but they did not want to.
I fully expected this woman would not help either but she got behind the bird and together we shepherded him against a fence. I took my chance and leapt upon him with the rug and, thankfully, he was caught. Getting him into the cage meant I had quite bad bites on my hand and arm but once he was safely inside, I felt so relieved.
I took him to the emergency vet where she x-rayed him and found he had two large fish hooks embedded between his wings. This was a wild creature, so there was no fee to pay for the operation to remove them.
Now when the gulls are flying over our house by the sea, I wonder if one of them is the dear one that I was able to save from pain and certain death. There was no time to spare so I did not get any photos of this beautiful creature.
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