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Citizens aide in the rescue of two Cozumel birds

Cozumel, Q.R. — Personnel of the Directorate of Conservation and Environmental Education say they have rescued two birds through citizen concerns.

Personnel from the Foundation of Parks of Cozumel attended to two calls for the rescue of two different birds seen stranded by citizens. One of the birds was a northern potoo who was found along the side of a roadway with an injured wing.

The second rescue was a green heron who was discovered under a parked car. In both cases, citizens called the Conservación y Educación Ambiental (CEA) for help. Both birds were tended to by Julio Gutiérrez Cetina of the Centro Medico de Veterinario.

The northern potoo was operated on to repair its wing and remains in recovery at the CMV. Once recovered, it will be returned to the wild. The green heron was given an assessment and found to be in good health, so it was immediately released, explained Chacón Díaz, director of CEA.

He says more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of caring for biodiversity in general, animals and plants, and are choosing to be part of the solution and not the problem.