UPDATE: RIDE FOUND Baby Heron Needs Help Getting to Morro Bay

Staff Writer

UPDATE, JUNE 17, 11 AM. A RIDE WAS FOUND AND THE BABY HERON IS ON ITS WAY TO A VET.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is seeking aid after a baby Great Blue Heron in its care broke its leg.

The baby Heron was rescued a month ago today. He had fallen from his lofty nest in the rookery near Wye Road. He has been growing and maturing this past month, but last Sunday, he managed to break his leg while practicing perching. According to ESWC, this is not uncommon for these long-boned, clumsy young wading birds, both in the wild and in captivity.

Avian orthopedist Dr. Shannon Riggs has offered to admit the bird and provide whatever care he needs (possibly surgery or splinting while under anesthesia).

The catch is that she is in Morro Bay which is on the coast just north of San Luis Obispo and not far from Paso Robles. It's a long drive.

ESWC is looking for both someone who can drive the heron there. The organization is also trying to find someone on the other end who might be able to meet the driver part way.

ESWC will pay gasoline costs.

For more information, or to volunteer, email lkamler@earthlink.net or phone Cindy at 760-872-1487 and Kelly Bahr at 541-410-2757.

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