Toddling down a busy Montreal street in mid December, a veterinary technician spotted a disoriented puffin. It was less than a year old.
How did it get more than 1,000 kilometres away from its east coast home? Some have theorized that it might have boarded a ship in Atlantic Canada and hitched a ride. Maybe the deck of the ship was wet, and the puffin thought it was landing on water.
Cared for at a bird rehabilitation centre in Montreal, the tiny celebrity dined on small fish. The adorable puffin made a TV appearance which was aired over our local station!
Two days before Christmas, it was flown to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in a heated cargo hold, and will be held in the swimming pools of a rehab centre there for a week or more.
Wait till Mother Puffin hears about this!