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Great to be back...The rescued albatross being released and all set to fly again. PHOTO: Dunedin Wildlife Hos pital

by Chris Tobin

An albatross rescued by Timaru Girls’ High School principal Deb Hales near Jack’s Point recently has recovered and been released back into the wild.

Jordana Whyte of the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital said the mollymawk had no injuries and just needed time to rest up and “get its waterproofing back in order”.

As reported in last week’s Courier, Ms Hales rescued the bird from stormy seas after its beak was caught in seaweed.

“It recovered well in hospital and spent some time in our therapy pool to get waterproof and was fed up to get to a good healthy weight,” Ms Whyte said.

“Our staff was satisfied it was ready to go, and it was released at sea by Dr Lizzie Thomas a few days ago.

“We were able to hitch a ride with Port to Port Cruises and Wildlife Tours on their boat, Sootychaser, out of Otago Harbour and into open water, where the mollymawk was happily released.”

Ms Whyte said everything went off without a hitch and the bird seemed happy to be back out in its natural element.