Oiled Northern Gannet

Thanks to  many organizations, this juvenile Northern Gannet received a second chance! The Raptor Trust in New Jersey admitted the seabird and provided its initial rehabilitation before it was transferred to our facility to be washed. The gannet had an unknown, tar-like contaminant on its feathers. After a test to determine to right amount of pre-treatment and detergent for the wash, the gannet was carefully cleaned and rinsed by the Oil Spill Response Team. Soon after the wash, the gannet was moved to an outdoor pool so it could put the finishing touches on its waterproofing through bathing and preening and prepare to return to the wild. With the help of our friends at Delaware Bay & River Cooperative  we were able to return this young and feisty seabird back to the waters of the Atlantic, where it belongs!

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