New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
Loon crash lands in storm and comes to Center for help
By: Katrina Bergman
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This Red-throated Loon made his way from Braintree to New England Wildlife Center this afternoon.  A kind neighbor in Braintree found him by the side of the road, unable to fly.  Dr. Rob says he looks OK.  He found minor lacerations and abrasions on the Loon’s feet.  Dr. Rob thinks that he most likely just lost his way and crash landed due to the storm.  Once he hit the road, he was stuck.  Loon’s need 20-30 feet of water surface runway to take-off.  They aren’t designed to walk on land.  You don’t see many of them around because they live off the coast.  Our animal care team is treating the Loon with SQ fluids and providing nutritional support.  Dr. Rob hopes that he will be released as soon as the storm is over.  The Red-throated Loon is different from the Common Loon.  We are so glad this guy is indoors and safe tonight!  

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