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When you rescue a sea bird

The oceans around New Zealand host millions of marine birds, from giant petrels and albatrosses, to the tiny 50g storm petrels. Sadly, these masters of the oceans also deal with many obstacles that result in them arriving on our beaches and in our backyards unintentionally. It is here the problems really start as it is human nature to want to help these birds, but we need to consider their unique needs before we rush in to take selfies or attempt a rescue mission. First, do not touch the bird until you have taken the following steps: Call the DOC hotline 0800 362 468 for advice. Keep dogs...

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