VIDEO: Bird in bush turns out to be a rarity

Homeless trio save refugee from Mauritius

WHEN a group of homeless people living in the bushes off Pollok Beach spotted an unusual red ribbon-tailed bird they knew they were seeing something special. And while they were not quite sure why the white bird tinged with pink was so special, they knew they wanted to save it.

Found close to the beacon on Marine Drive on Saturday, the distressed bird, later identified as a red-tailed tropicbird, is now safely ensconced at the South African Marine Bird Rehabilitation and Education Centre (Samrec) at Cape Recife.

The bird weighs 670 grams and is 66.4mm in height. John Matross, one of the people who first came across the sea bird, said he knew there was something special about it when he and two friends spotted it.

Eddie Molekoa ((Animal Manager at SAMREC)  examines  the Red Tailed Tropic Bird found at the Summerstrand Beacon. Normally found on the Indian Ocean Islands the bird is in good health and has been named Lollipop after the beacon where it was found. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
Eddie Molekoa ((Animal Manager at SAMREC) examines the Red Tailed Tropic Bird found at the Summerstrand Beacon. Normally found on the Indian Ocean Islands the bird is in good health and has been named Lollipop after the beacon where it was found. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

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