Loon Saga (with a happy outcome)

September 27th:

You know it's going to be a long night in the clinic with a loon on the way with fishing hooks embedded in tongue and mouth trailing line, 2 lead sinkers and a bobber.
We are ready, Kevin and Linda Grenzer captured it and are en-route.


Later that evening:

Loon Admitted From Anvil Lake, WI Wrapped in Fishing Line, Bobber and Lead Sinkers, Around Tongue, Beak, Neck and Legs,

(NOTE: Please check updated video that will be posted this afternoon. The loon is doing so well and is eating on her own. Her tongue is WORKING! Thank you everyone for your good wishes and healing energy.)

The loon, a youngster hatched this late spring, has a serious injury to her tongue and inside of her mouth. Gratefully X-rays did not reveal any hooks or lead sinkers in her digestive system and her blood lead is low. Therefore, she does not have lead poisoning..That is GREAT news!

The loon had been seen for at least two days dragging a large amount of line and a sinker with line wrapped tightly around her tongue, beak, neck, body and leg before the situation was reported to Loon Ranger Donna De Pape. We are grateful Donna called for help to capture the loon. We hope it is in time to save the tongue. There is damage to the muscle and circulation was compromised to the tongue. I cannot imagine the horror this young bird endured during the days in which she was vulnerable and in pain wrapped with the line. During the period, she was unable to eat as well.
If you see a loon or any wild bird in trouble, call your local wildlife rehabilitation center or in the case of loons, specialists that can help with capture as well as get the bird help. Call ASAP to give the bird the best chance of survival.
The line has been removed. She has been tube fed to kick start her digestive system. She can close her mouth now, but the tongue is not yet moving. We hope that improves in the coming days.
Please keep this youngster in your thoughts in the coming days. She has a rough recovery ahead.

Thanks to Donna De Pape for getting the bird help and Kevin and Linda Grenzer for spending several hours on the lake with capture efforts before she was finally secured.

Please do not leave your line in the lake or on the shore. It will be found by a wild bird or animal. It does not degrade or break easily, which makes it perfect for fishing but horrible for wildlife once they are entangled. Take a walk around your lake and collect line that you may see discarded at the edge or in trees. This is something everyone can do that can save wildlife.

September 28th:

We are elated to post this video of the loon admitted to Raptor Education Group, Inc. last night from Anvil Lake, WI. While she has a way to go, the young loons recovery to this point has been remarkable. Her tongue is working! She is able to grab and eat even tiny fish. We continue to tube feed her to support her digestive system and aid her recovery, however watching this little lady eat on her own, was a thrill we wanted to share with our/her friends.

Gratefully, x-rays did not show any lead sinkers or hooks in her body or digestive system. Tests for blood lead was low which means, this loon does not have lead poisoning. (Thank you to the terrific Loon Rangers for the excellent education to sportsmen on the dangers of lead sinkers, tackle and other products on Anvil Lake. It sure makes a difference.)

Thank you to everyone involved in reporting this young loons distress and aiding in her capture. It takes a village to help wildlife as well as in many other apects of our lives, We can help injured wildlife, but it is often the public that finds them and first notices when they are in trouble. Taking action to alert you local wildlife rehabilitation facility or capture specialists, as in in the case of this loon, is vital to get the help needed and an opportunity for a future.
Last night the loons chances of recovery were questionable. Today we are optimistic. ❤️😁 Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement. We appreciate everyone. They make those long nights working over difficult cases easier. Enjoy this sweet video.