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Rare tropical bird rehabilitated at Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Tropical masked booby (Sula dactylatra) (Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium) Tropical masked booby (Sula dactylatra) (Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium)
(Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium) (Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium)
NEWPORT, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Coast Aquarium said a tropical masked booby was rehabilitated after it was picked up in Newport on September 11.

The bird is the second of its species ever reported north of Mendocino County, California.

Due to the continued threat of avian influenza, aquarium staff followed isolation quarantine procedures when the bird arrived, which required any person that worked with the booby to avoid Aquarium's resident birds that day.

The booby was underweight, weighing 1,405 grams, when it arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Aviculturists at the aquarium introduced nutrition to the bird, starting with fluids, then a fishy shake and then whole fish to ensure the bird was hydrated to successfully digest food.

Once the bird was healthy enough to travel, it was sent to International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, California on Sept. 30.

IBR will continue to monitor the bird until it is released back into the wild.

The typical range of masked boobies is the warm waters of the Caribbean, across the Pacific Ocean to Australia and Indonesia.

Masked boobies are the largest members of the booby family, with a wingspan that exceeds five feet. The word "booby" is derived from the Spanish word "bobo," which means "stupid fellow."

To learn more about the masked booby, visit www.aquarium.org.

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