Submitted by Steve on 11:01, 9th Feb, 2018 | 0

Over the last few days the GSPCA have had two sea birds rescued covered in a clear sticky substance.

At 1230am this morning a guillemot was rescued and earlier in the week a razorbill was found covered in a clear glue or oily type substance.

Both birds were unable to swim or fly and were found thin and weak. Both are currently at the GSPCA in intensive care untis and the GSPCA are asking islanders to keep an eye out in case there are others affected.

If you find an injured wild animal please call us on 01481 257261 for help 24/7 or you can visit our web pages for advice http://www.gspca.org.gg/animals/wildlife-advice

When handling any bird covered in oil or any substance you have to take great care as it could put you at risk.

Throwing a towel or jumper over the bird can help prevent touching the substance and also cover their beak which they will use to defend themselves.

Keep them covered in darkness and getting them to the nearest vets or hear at the GSPCA is the best advice or please call us any time day or night.

The main worry is if you do chase an injured seabird that it tries to head back out to sea so it is always best to try and cut them off from the shoreline if you can do so safely.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "At 1230am this morning we had a second seabird covered in a very sticky clear substance this week.”

“Billy as he was named by the fishermen that found him is currently in an intensive care unit and is very weak with a damaged wing.”

“We have had awful weather recently which could have stirred substances from the seabed to the surface that have covered the birds but it is difficult to tell.”

“Rose the razorbill was also found covered in a clear sticky substance at Grandes Rocque so there are likely other birds that might be found so please do watch out while around the coast.”

“If anyone is concerned for an animals safety or find a sick or injured bird you can contact us on 257261 and chose the emergency option 24/7.”

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