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Injured Heron released after care

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Hidden under a sheet was a Great Blue Heron that had a not-so-great encounter with a fish hook. The neighbors named him "Peter" and after 2 weeks of intensive care he was about to be released.

People in the Shore Acres area of St. Petersburg noticed a huge gash in his neck, making it difficult to keep food down. Volunteers from the new Suncoast Bird rescue group trapped him and made sure he got proper vet care.

In the same yard where he was captured, homeowner Diane Nicola opened his cage. The Heron peaked out, and a second later, his large wings took him away.

"It has been almost since Christmas that this poor bird hasn't gotten substantial nutrition. And he looks great, and he's honking. And he's flying and it's just a great experience," said Nicola.

The "Suncoast Bird rescue" group is just getting started, picking up after the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary stopped taking in new birds because of financial problems. 

"It's an absolute necessity because if we didn't create Suncoast Bird Rescue, birds like Peter, they stand no chance" said group founder, Robin Vergara.

Neighbors who watched the Heron suffer for so long, plan keep tabs on him, as he flies in and out of their back yards. "It's a good day. I'm glad to see the final result. I'm glad that he's doing really well," said neighbor Lisa Thompson.

Alert neighbors, and caring bird lovers resulted in giving a great blue heron another chance.

 

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