October 29, 2020

Sadness as rare tropical bird found on county Wicklow beach dies

A rare tropical seabird that was found on the beach at Greystones last week has died.

The brown booby, traditionally found in the West Indies and Cape Verde islands, had been in intensive care for a number of days.

It is believed the bird travelled to Ireland after being blown off course by a storm.

According to reports, the booby landed on Irish shores early last week, but by Thursday the bird’s condition had deteriorated and was admitted to a veterinary service in Kildare Town for emergency treatment.

The Kildare Animal Foundation Unit announced on social media over the weekend that “despite everyone’s best efforts, the condition of the bird deteriorated late on Thursday evening. . . and it passed away peacefully”.

“The bird had travelled a huge distance and lost a third of its body weight on its journey, and then during its time here, it had to deal with a much colder climate than it was used to,” it said.

“It’s also probable that there had been an underlying condition that caused it to become ill in the first place.”

The unit paid tribute to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger Jason Monaghan who removed the bird from the beach “when it became obvious that it was the only realistic option”.

“Thanks to Kilcoole Vets, Mi Night Vet, Greyabbey Vets & Bairbre O’Malley, for their advice and veterinary care, the RSPCA for sharing their advice, and last but not least the wonderful volunteers of Kildare Animal Foundation who help to make a difference to so many animals’ lives each and every day.”

PHOTO: Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit Facebook

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