A Great Blue Heron Rescue

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One of my last visits to the 10,000 Islands NWR in Florida earlier this month yielded a feel-good story with a rescue of a Great Blue Heron.

Along the refuge’s trail, I came upon one of the Park Rangers sitting down at the water canal’s edge.  We exchanged morning pleasantries and bird sightings, and how much we both loved this refuge.

The Park Ranger kept a partial attention to the 20-25′ wide water canal as we talked, and I asked was something wrong.  She pointed to a Great Blue Heron across the canal in the water reported by another trail walker a couple hours earlier that was possibly sick or injured.

The Park Ranger herself had been there for over an hour and had tried to coax it to get out or up on the embankment but was unsuccessful.  She said it appeared lethargic, and was possibly injured or sick; it may have been there in hiding all night.  She had called and was waiting for the park’s wildlife team to arrive and rescue it.  And as if on cue, a truck was heading towards us with the team and a kayak.

The Park Ranger advised the team she had been watching for the alligators and thought the coast was clear.  They made their plan, set up their equipment, and then proceeded to cross the approximately two foot deep canal by foot.  (I have seen alligators in this canal before! 😳)

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Great Blue Heron back left, tucked up in the mangroves

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Safely back on the trail side

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Throughout the entire time, the Great Blue Heron never fought its rescue.  It surely was exhausted and cold from the chilly water.

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The team had a large container, and the handler laid the heron gently inside it.  They assured the small crowd that had now gathered the heron would be taken to their wildlife hospital for evaluation and hopefully able to have a successful recovery.  😊

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