Natureland releases rescued gannet

The gannet shortly before its release.
The gannet shortly before its release.
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A GANNET was the latest lucky creature to be nurtured back to health thanks to the tender loving care of a Skegness seal sanctuary.

Natureland released the large black and white seabird on Thursday having helped it recuperate after a member of the public rescued it from Skegness beach on April 6.

The sanctuary’s Nicky Yeadon said: “Its rescuer was pretty brave because they have quite sharp beaks but when we took it in it was utterly exhausted from the high winds and it slept for two days. When it woke up it started feeding immediately and it wasn’t long before it was fit and strong enough to be released again.”

Staff also administered it with antibiotics as a precautionary measure in case it had picked up any infections before its release.

The UK is home to approximately two thirds of the world population of gannets.