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Sunday afternoon saw rescuers rushed out to reports of a seabird on the beach at St Leonards. When they arrived they found a very usual bird. After some research the bird turned out to be a red footed Booby.Red Footed Booby at East Sussex WRAS found on St Leonards Beach (5) This is a first for us and possible a first for the UK if it has flown here. We assume it hasn’t escaped from anywhere.14194314_1054564111329130_544141095_n We know they have been seen in Spain before but are normally found in much hotter environments like the Galapagos islands is obviously a long way from home. Rescuers managed to catch the bird easily on the beach and brought it back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith for initial care. Red Footed Booby at East Sussex WRAS found on St Leonards Beach (1) The bird underweight and is showing signs of feather stress and was transported to RSPCA Mallydams Wood at Hastings where they have more specialist facilities for sea birds.Red Footed Booby at East Sussex WRAS found on St Leonards Beach (2) They will deal with its long term treatment, care and rehabilitation back to the wild which might mean flying it to a more suitable location for release.

Red Footed Booby at East Sussex WRAS found on St Leonards Beach (3)

Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880

Reg Address: 8 Stour Close, Stone Cross, BN24 5QU

Hospital Address: Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, Lewes, BN8 6JD

24hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Private Mobile: 07931-523958

Welcome

An award winning community charity.

IFAW Animal Action Award Winners 2010

ITV1 British Animal Honours Awards Local Charity of the Year 2013

BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey Community Heroes Award for Animal Welfare 2012

Red Footed Booby at East Sussex WRAS found on St Leonards Beach (4)

About Trevor Weeks

Trevor Weeks MBE Operations Director for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) Trevor started undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work in 1985 when just 13 years old, and his life has been dedicated to the care of wildlife ever since. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue was established as a voluntary group in 1996 and became a registered charity in 2005. WRAS now has four veterinary ambulances and a Casualty Care Centre on the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield capable of looking after up to 200 casualties at a time. The charity is primarily run by volunteers and relies of donations to fund its award winning life saving service.