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THE LOON WHO SAVED THE GANNET

March 1, 2017

 

 

On Saturday The Ark's Valerie got a call from a citizen who had been walking along the beach in South Ponte Vedra. Debbi had come across a juvenile loon up in the sand, but due to limited beach access after Matthew, she didnt carry the loon the two miles back to where she had gotten on the beach. The first photo below is Debbi's photo of the loon. Joe Moore, a wonderful Ark volunteer, found access to the beach closer to the loon's location and ...brought the bird down to Shandra, another Ark volunteeer, where she then transported the bird from Vilano on into St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center. Both Joe and Shandra commented on how fiesty this loon was. And Shandra finally texted Valerie to say "I think this loon is really a juvenile gannet!" Valerie checked out the photo Joe had sent her from his beach rescue (photo #2) and yes! the bird was indeed a gannet. Juvenile loons and juvenile gannets do look very similar. These misidentifications are not uncommon ... except ... Valerie remembered Debbi saying the bird was calling and singing and THAT sounds like a loon! Another look at Debbi's original photo reveals that she had definitely spotted a loon! Joe very good-naturedly climbed back down onto the beach to look now for the loon. The loon, however, was gone. The storm damage ensured very little foot traffic on this area of the beach, so it would seem that this particular loon simply returned itself back into the water once the tide moved up the beach. So perhaps the loon had not been in need of assistance but ... if not for the loon, The Ark would not have found the gannet out on the beach and he was very thin and did very much need rescue. The loon saved the gannet. And then Joe and Shandra got him into care with The Ark. <3

 

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