Back to the flock: the hope of a resilient seagull . . .

He came to us dehydrated, weak and underweight with a severely injured leg and a hole in his beak where a fish hook had just been removed. That’s a tough day by any standard. And yet, this this gull had no intention of giving up. We took an x-ray out of concern that he might have have air trapped beneath his skin (aka subcutaneous emphysema) secondary to a ruptured air sac. Fortunately, his radiographs showed no sign of it, so off he went to a local rehabber for hydration, nutritional support and the nursing care he’ll need to help get him back to the flock.