Youngsters lend tropic bird a hand

Friday October 20, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Ezekiel Tatuava-Enjoy (holding the bird) with Pae Tatuava-Taripo as Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre manager/director Sheryl John looks on. 17101828 Ezekiel Tatuava-Enjoy (holding the bird) with Pae Tatuava-Taripo as Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre manager/director Sheryl John looks on. 17101828

Ezekiel Tatuava-Enjoy and Pae Tatuava-Taripo made a rare friend during the school holidays in the form of a wandering red-tailed tropic bird, locally known as tavake.

 

Tatuava-Enjoy rescued the bird near his Tupapa home earlier this month and looked after it carefully before handing it over to the Cook Islands Whales and Wildlife Centre for proper attention.

Cook Islands Whales and Wildlife Centre manager/director Sheryl John said the bird was not capable of sustained flight and needed time before it could make full use of its wings.

“We tried to see if it would fly off to the beach but it isn’t quite ready yet. It must be exhausted,” John said.

“They had it for few days and now we’ve got it because they have trouble catching enough fish to feed it. We will do that until its well enough to let go.”

John is calling on the public to contact the centre if they notice fledglings or birds needing help.

She said they have an aviary built for birds at the centre and also run a rescue programme through which they can look after injured birds.

“When I talk about birds, we are not talking about mynahs or chickens, we are talking about the sea birds as well as Pacific pigeons or the fruit doves.”

For assistance or more information on the bird rescue programme, contact John on 58727.

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