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Storm brings an unexpected visitor

Danielle Emmerson pictured with Inspector Robert Baldie from the SSPCA with the cormorant she saved from the street outside her house on Arbroath High Street.

Danielle Emmerson pictured with Inspector Robert Baldie from the SSPCA with the cormorant she saved from the street outside her house on Arbroath High Street.

THE STORMY weather last week led one Arbroath student to have an unexpected house guest.

On Friday, Danielle Emmerson (23) was making her way to her car at the harbour end of High Street when she spotted a bedraggled creature next to it.

Danielle said: “I live right on Danger Point and I found a very big bird and it’s wing had been broken.

“It’s obviously been washed up or battered against the wall in the stormy weather. It was just standing next to my car and when I went to drive away it ran underneath.”

Danielle did the right thing and called the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) to ask for advice.

She was advised that the nearest SSPCA inspector was busy with call outs in Dundee and it could be mid-afternoon before he arrived and asked if she could get it indoors.

Danielle said: “I got my brother-in-law to help me out and I put him in my bath. He was wrapped up in old towels and he was happy enough.

“I think it’s a cormorant. I think it’s a young one, but it’s still a big bird for being outside my house!”

SSPCA inspector Robert Baldie arrived later that day and was able to take the cormorant into care.

Anyone who finds an injured or distressed animal is reminded to call the SSPCA emergency line on 03000 999 999.

 

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