Injured puffin on Montrose Beach

An injured puffin was found on Montrose Beach by two holiday makers from Australia
An injured puffin was found on Montrose Beach by two holiday makers from Australia

A puffin which was injured after getting caught in a fishing net was found on Montrose Beach by two holidaymakers

Australian visitors Colette and Nick Blacklock found the bird, which was unable to fly because its legs had become entangled in a scrap of fishing net on the beach, last week while staying in Montrose with Colette’s mum,

Colette and Nick are used to helping injured animals and birds as in Australia they volunteer with Sydney Wildlife Rescues, but a puffin was a change from possums, koalas and cockatoos.

They took the bird back Colette’s mother’s house, wrapped and placed it in a cardboard box and called the SSPCA, who took the puffin away.

A spokesperson for the RSPB said: “Being handled and treated is a very stressful experience for an injured bird, and before you attempt to catch it, you should consider the benefits of treatment weighed against this.

“An injured bird can only be helped if it can be caught. Since a bird with a leg injury or many kinds of minor injury will often be able to fly to get away, it is rarely possible to catch such a bird whether it would benefit from treatment or not.

“Catching an injured bird can be difficult, and careless handling may cause further injury. Handling must be firm but gentle. Small birds up to blackbird size can be held in one hand. Place your hand over the bird so that its head fits between your forefinger and middle finger. The rest of your fingers will naturally wrap around each wing, holding the bird firmly.

“Once the bird is caught, examine it quickly and place it in a well ventilated covered box to wait for treatment. Darkness reduces stress, and is likely to be the best first aid you can give the bird. It is also the best treatment for shock.

“An injured bird should always be passed onto a local vet or SSPCA in Scotland, so it can receive appropriate treatment without undue delay.”