Affected person of the Week: Guadalupe Murrelet
This endangered Guadalupe Murrelet got here into care was affected by toe and hock lesions. Photographs by Angie Trumbo
On January 6, a small, uncommon chook was discovered stowing away on a ship certain for the Port of Los Angeles and was introduced into our L.A. wildlife heart for care. Little did the rescuer know that the chook he had discovered was an endangered Guadalupe Murrelet.
Guadalupe Murrelets have been as soon as thought of the identical species as Scripps’s Murrelets and lumped collectively below the species identify Xantus’s Murrelet. In 2012, it was decided that the 2 have been the truth is distinct species with their very own separate breeding populations. The Guadalupe Murrelet will be distinguished from the Scripps’s by the quantity of white plumage on its face extending up and across the eye. These tiny auks are threatened by invasive species on their breeding islands off the coast of Baja in addition to by the results of local weather change.
That is the primary Guadalupe Murrelet we’ve ever had the chance and privilege to rehabilitate! Fortunately, the affected person arrived in pretty good physique situation however was affected by toe and hock lesions. Our group carefully monitored its situation over the course of two weeks and shortly fell in love with this little chook’s cute options and feisty angle. The murrelet did effectively in care and spent most of its time in considered one of our outside pelagic swimming pools the place it may swim and dive alongside different smaller species resembling Eared Grebes and Ruddy Geese.
On Jan 25, our mates on the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium rigorously loaded this former affected person onto their analysis boat and gave it an open ocean launch, which allowed it to have a contemporary begin nearer to its pure vary. We have been unhappy to see this little murrelet go, however are thrilled to have helped a member of an endangered species recuperate and return to its dwelling within the wild!
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Guadalupe Murrelet will get some swim time in simply earlier than being launched in late January.
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