Lost gannet refuses to go home

Picture: Christine Linnell
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A juvenile gannet that washed up on a Greymouth beach yesterday resisted Department of Conservation efforts to release it back into the wild. The bird was brought in by a member of the public and conservation officer Les van Dijk kept it at the DOC office so it could rest. But when he took the bird up the Coast Road and tried to release it just before dark last night, it refused to fly away. The woman who brought it in took it back home while they figured out what to do with it. “We need to come up with a plan B. But we really appreciate people bringing (animals) in. It gives them a bit of a chance,” Mr van Dijk said. The closest gannet colony is at Farewell Spit.