Cross your fingers for Chopper. I found him off Apex Park at Altona, floating oddly, so I took a closer look. Tangled in a lure and some line, I couldn’t Judy leave him, so I herded him to shallower water caught him in my landing net, and removed the line. Meanwhile, I’d rung Animal Rescue, and they thought it best I bring him in. Ha! According to them, they are ‘notoriously feisty’ birds! Anyway, I managed to get him the 1 km back to shore, and Mark from the zoo came to get him. According to Mark, he was pretty weak, though you could have fooled me. A full strength bird must be pretty impressive! So, fingers crossed, he responds to some antibiotics, rehydration, and food. I love gannets!

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