Whittlesey branch care for abandoned seagull chick

A baby seagull is being cared for by our Whittlesey branch after he was found nestled beside his mother who was killed in a road accident.

Baby gull saved by Whittlesey

The team at the Best Friends Veterinary practice have given the young gull the name Happy Feet and he is now being looked after by receptionist Kim Jackson.

It’s believed the gull’s mother was involved in a road accident in Pondersbridge, near Whittlesey, as the fledgling was found cuddled next to her body.

Kim, who has worked at the practice for two years, said: “On examination it was found that the gull was healthy and I have since taken him to my home to stay in our garden aviary until he is ready to fly. At the moment we are feeding him tinned fish and mackerel and we decided to give him the name Happy Feet as he was always dancing around. He is also loving a cooling dip in the paddling pool in this hot summer weather. As soon as he is ready to fly we will release him.”

The seagull nesting season is in May and June and seagulls are known as some of the most dedicated parents in the bird world.

The Best Friends Veterinary team in Whittlesey is no stranger to looking after injured and abandoned birds, recently caring for a tiny blackbird.

If you find a baby bird and are unsure what to do, please contact a wildlife rescue centre, the RSPCA or a branch of Best Friends for more information.