A wounded Florida sandhill crane was rescued this morning by SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team in Pine Lakes, Fla., and then transported to the park for further care and rehabilitation. The bird was spotted in the woods with an arrow lodged through its torso by a concerned citizen. Upon arrival at SeaWorld Orlando, animal care experts took the bird into surgery for its injuries. The bird is now in stable condition and will receive regular tube feedings, and continue to be monitored closely. The Florida sandhill crane is an endangered species and protected by state law.
So far in 2013, SeaWorld has rescued nearly 200 birds. In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return them to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than 40 years.
If you see an injured bird or marine animal, you can help by contacting the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.