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Rescued gull gets second chance at flight

SeaWorld, seventh grader rescue injured bird
Posted at 5:16 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 22:26:30-05

SAN DIEGO - A bird rescued by a Feaster Charter School student is getting a second chance after being nursed back to health.

Dachel Fohne, a seventh grader at the charter school, rescued the injured western gull on the school's campus on Feb, 1. SeaWorld San Diego picked up the bird and brought it to its Oiled Wildlife Care Center for an examination.

Medical staffers learned the bird had a hook in one of its wings and a ruptured mouth, apparently injured by fishing lines, SeaWorld said.

Veterinarians gave the dehydrated bird stabilizing fluids, antibiotics, and an anti-inflammatory treatment.

After two weeks of healing, staffers were ready to release the bird back into the wild at Bayside Park. Fohne accompanied medical staff to the park to release the bird from its cage herself.

So far this year, SeaWorld has rescued 49 birds and 25 marine mammals, the company said.

Mark Saunders is a 10News digital producer. Follow him on Twitter at @10NewsSaunders.