Foreign visitor blows into town

The inclement weather conditions along the KwaZulu-Natal coast brought an unusual visitor all the way from Australia or New Zealand to uShaka Beach earlier this week.

A great-winged petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) was found on the beach at uShaka

A great-winged petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) was found on the beach at uShaka exhausted and without the energy to resist being picked up.

Luckily for the petrel the locals who picked up the bird handed him over to an uShaka Sea World staff member.

It is most probable that the petrel, which breeds in the southern hemisphere and is found on southern Australian and northern New Zealand islands, was blown off course by strong winds.

The petrel will rest and recover under the watchful eyes of the uShaka Sea World animal health team before being taken out to sea on a boat and released.

Veterinary assistant Alexa Prinsloo has been conducting physiotheraphy sessions with the bird, which he apparently enjoyed.

Veterinary assistant Alexa Prinsloo conducts physiotheraphy sessions with the petrel

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