Last weekend we were driving along a coastal road in Britannia Bay when we saw a swift tern limping along the side of the road with a broken/dislocated wing. We promptly reversed, my husband gently picked him up, and we made a u-turn home. We placed him in an empty bath in the house with towels and a water bowl. He had a constant glimmer in his eyes and seemed to realize we meant him no harm, even let us stroke his head. At least he was now out of any predator's way.
We phoned the WC Bird Club, however, they were out of town and advised us to take him to Sanccob. It was too late to drive to Cape Town. What a courageous bird! He made it through the night, and on Sunday he travelled about 150km with us to Sanccob in a cardboard box with breathing holes and some padding. He quickly let us know that being thus enclosed was not for him, so we opened the box slightly so that he could look out and he was more peaceful.
Arriving at Sanccob we were pleasantly surprised. They are an amazing organisation, with friendly volunteers. They immediately assisted and put the tern under lights to keep him warm. On phoning to enquire a few days later, I was told he had been released to their pens. We were treated to a quick tour to see how they feed penguins, three gannet chicks, with several sea birds. It was quite amusing to watch an albatross who lives there, trying to sneak some fish out of a container being fed to the penguins.
Enjoy an outing with your family to Sanccob, we will gladly take you there on one of our outings. it is very interesting and educational, and all our donations help save penguins and sea birds. THANKS SANCCOB, YOU ARE AMAZING PEOPLE AND DO A WONDERFUL JOB!
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