Not long ago a resident of the United States noticed a lonely bird by the roadside. As he approached, he realized that he was facing a lost puffin who looked very anxious and sad and could not fly. He was miles away from the ocean where he should be and could not find his way home.
The man knew that puffins couldn’t be that far from the ocean, so he decided to help the poor guy. He managed to carefully pick up the bird and carry it to his car. He later called the RSPCA Rescue Center for help, whose staff immediately picked up the puffin.
Specialists determined that the puffin had gotten lost after being 4 kilometers from the coast. His health was fine, so it was likely that the bird could not take off after being frightened. After a little recovery, it was time to return home.
“It seems as though the puffin got lost and ended up landing inland, around three miles from the coast, and couldn’t then get airborne again,” Shane Lynn, an animal rescue officer with the RSPCA, said in a press release. “I was so excited when the call came in as I’ve never been out to a puffin before. But I was also worried about the little chap as I knew he shouldn’t be that far inland.”
“Thankfully, he wasn’t injured and we believe he simply got confused and ended up landing in the wrong spot,” Lynn said.
The puffin was carefully placed in a box and taken to the shore. He was released near the ocean not far from where the man found him. He felt much more confident near the ocean and happily ran toward the waves. Thanks to the kind people who helped him!
“He hopped down onto the sand and then flew off across the sea and into the distance,” Lynn said. “It was breathtaking to watch; there really is no better feeling than returning a wild animal back into the wild where they belong.”