Anhinga Rescue

Sunday, Jan 07, 2007


January 30, 2007

Injured Anhinga rescued in Bill and Carolyn Stutt’s Mangrove Gardens, 455 Coconut Palm Road. Injured bird was found at 2:00 in the afternoon. Harbor Branch responded to an emergency request made by Carolyn Stutt to assist the Anhinga, subsequently, nicknamed Annie-Andy during its convalescence.

With no other vehicles available for this rescue the Marine Mammal Rescue Unit’s Dolphin Ambulance was used to respond to the call for assistance.

Colby Lawrence from Harbor Branch Oceanographic and Chuck Schock, owner of Beautification by Chuck shown retrieving injured Anhinga from foot of mangroves.

In order to move Annie-Andy, a terry cloth towel was used to cover the bird’s head to quiet the bird and prevent it from injuring itself or the rescuer.

Transferred to carrying box - Annie-Andy inspects his temporary surroundings. Note injured wing is splayed out on to terry cloth cushioning.

Bill Stutt with Dr. Juli Goldstein, DVM, and Colby Lawrence from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute following rescue.