Wild Care Cape Cod's "Critters for Christmas" - December 4, 2018
This adult Herring Gull was brought to us yesterday from Ettas Way in Orleans. His/Her beautiful speckled head is the non-breeding "winter" plumage for this species. The bird was found limping and did not fly away. It was extremely dehydrated, emaciated & shocky. Our animal care staff took an x-ray and provided antibiotics for a wound on the gull's foot. No fractures were found. The bird is receiving fluid therapy and supportive care and is being monitored closely. Gulls are highly gregarious, so we always provide them with a mirror, which creates an instant "friend". Prognosis is guarded, but this bird is comfortable & in recovery at this time.
Gulls play important roles in our ecosystem! Not only do they clean up our shorelines, research has shown that their presence alters nitrogen levels, impacting soil respiration in a beneficial way for many plants. Gulls are also important bioindicators of environmental health. Go gulls!
Executive Director, Stephanie ~