Lucky Clarry hooked on life

A call came in to WA Seabird Rescue (WASR) on February 28 from a kayaker in Bayswater, who saw a large amount of fishing line hanging out of Clarry�s beak.

He was rescued at Claughton Reserve and Ingrid Danylyk performed the long and complicated surgery on March 1 to remove the large hooks from his lower stomach.

WASR President Halina Burmej said the procedure was so difficult that in most cases birds were euthanised.

�Dr Danylyk and I wanted to give him a chance and pelicans are in decline,� Dr Burmej said.

�She firstly tried reaching the hooks using an endoscope and, when that didn�t work, had to cut into the lower stomach.

�This is rarely done as it tends not to heal well; it was an expensive gamble.�

After his recovery, Clarry was released at Ascot Waters on April 3.

Dr Burmej said he had since been spotted on the Swan River in Bassendean.

She said Clarry was one of the lucky ones and she hoped people using the river were more vigilant with their fishing equipment.

�The general public understands the problem of discarded line and tackle,� Dr Burmej said.

�However our pelicans and many other seabirds get into trouble interacting with people who are actively fishing by swallowing hooks or getting snagged when people cast towards foraging birds.

�Anglers should cast away from birds, don�t leave lines unattended, avoid stainless-steel hooks and braided line, and take your rubbish home with you and never feed your scraps to birds.�

Dr Burmej said if |people fishing did accidentally hook a bird, they should try to lure it towards them and catch it and remove the hooks, or call 0418 952 683 for advice and help.

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