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Seagull with Barbed Fish Hook in its Beak Captured - Thanks to McDonald's Hash Brown

A baby seagull which evaded being captured for five days after being spotted with a barbed fish hook in its beak has finally been caught - thanks to a McDonald's hash brown. The injured bird was first spotted last week outside the fast-food branch in Marsh Barton, Exeter. The elusive gull escaped many attempts made by the RSPCA and local bird lover Jenny Steer who is renowned for rescuing and rehabilitating gulls. At least two to three times a day, Jenny has returned to the site in the hope of catching the bird armed with tempting food seagulls like, such as dried dog food. But on Monday morning (September 27), she was finally successful in enticing the bird with hash browns kindly provided by McDonald’s. Photographer Jenny said: “I was shaking because I just wanted to get it. You imagine going down every day – it’s just a nightmare. “So, when I got it, it was amazing.” The seagull was taken to St David's Veterinary Hospital in Exeter where the hook was removed, and the bird was given antibiotics and pain relief. Jenny took the seagull back to McDonald's later that morning to set it free. This video was shot on the 25th September 2021.
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