Traumatised Green Heron flies free again

Cayman Wildlife Rescue volunteers have successfully released a Green Heron that was rescued in Prospect.

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CWR Volunteer Virginia Gibbs ensured OC was well looked after. Photo: Submitted

The bird had suffered an indeterminable trauma and was severely underweight and malnourished.

The heron was found by concerned resident Virginia Gendrone who contacted Cayman Wildlife Project Manager, Alison Corbett.

The heron was very malnourished, unable to fly or stand on its feet and was severely dehydrated. The Green Heron, which they named ‘OC’, was taken to Island Vet for immediate care.

OC stayed under Island Vet’s care for approximately two weeks being fed by syringe. There were no apparent injuries to the bird.

Dedicated vet, Dr. Andreea Sleahtenea took OC to her home for continued care after hours to reduce the heron’s stress. The Green Heron then went on to be further rehabbed for another week by Virginia Gibbs, CWR volunteer, who ensured OC was well-fed. After more than a week in CWR’s large outdoor cages, being fed by a roster of CWR volunteers, Alison Corbett deemed OC fit for release.

At 9:00 am Saturday May 24th OC was taken to Bruce Watler’s property, a local Spotts resident, for release into his wetland.

OC flew directly over the pond and landed in the shrubs to preen and survey his new territory.

Green Herons are solitary birds which stalk their prey along pond edges and mangroves. They feed mainly on fish and can be seen along canals, fresh/salt water ponds and harbours.

Habitat loss and human development continue to affect this species. CWR commonly sees injured herons which have been struck by cars.

Cayman Wildlife Rescue is a collaborative volunteer organisation comprising volunteer members of the public, National Trust of the Cayman Islands, Island Veterinary Services, The Humane Society, The Department of Environment and Cayman Wildlife Connection.

A small, quiet facility where animals can recuperate from injury and prepare for rehabilitation is maintained by volunteers and funded entirely by donations.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to Cayman Wildlife Rescue email [email protected].

For your own safety and that of the animal, members of the public are requested not to attempt to rescue or care for the animal themselves – rather call the hotline and trained volunteers will attend to the animal.

If you come across an animal that needs rescue, call the emergency hotline, 917-BIRD.

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