Cornholio The Cormorant
Let me introduce you to Cornholio the Cormorant. On tonight’s Sunset kayaking trip out to Rachel Key, I came across this guy. Unlike the other very skittish birds who flew off, he just sat there looking at me. After a closer inspection, he looked to be very weak and disoriented. He was trying to flop his way to the water, but just didn’t have the strength. So I wrapped him up in a towel. He wasn’t happy with me at all, but once I covered his head he calmed down quickly.
I sat him in my lap while I padded my way back to shore. On the way, the towel came off his head but he was no longer mad. He just stared right at me as I paddled. When I got to shore, I contacted the wild bird rescue located in Crane Point Hammock in Marathon Fla. I let them know I would be dropping him in the rescue box. After describing his condition, they informed me that this was the fourth cormorant this week with the same symptoms. They don’t know what is causing it, but they will do what they can to rehydrate the bird and return it to the wild if it survives. I didn’t ask if the others had recovered or not, but I will be in contact to see how Cornholio is doing, and keep you all updated.
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