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Fly high! Yellow-Legged Gull set free in Malta after a month of rehabilitation
The bird was released by the same officers that saved it.

Emma Galea

A Yellow-Legged Gull was released in Malta earlier today after it underwent a month of rehabilitation.

The bird, set free by the same Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) officers that found it, was picked up by ERA officers during inspections out at sea.

Since then, the gull had been undergoing rehabilitation under the close eye of BirdLife Malta.

“The Yellow-Legged Gull (Larus michahellis) is Malta’s largest breeding bird and it nests in colonies around the islands,” ERA wrote on social media.

“This biggest colony is found on Filfla, whilst other smaller colonies are located in various cliffs in Malta and Gozo. Eggs are laid between March and May and each nest usually contains a clutch of three eggs,” it continued.

Just yesterday, ERA revealed that it picked up an injured loggerhead turtle from Wied iz-Zurrieq after alarm was raised by nearby swimmers.

The turtle – a 20-year-old female measuring around 75 centimetres – was found with a fishing line coming out of its mouth and cloaca.

Facebook/ERA - Environment and Resources Authority

18th August 2022


Emma Galea
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Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as my films as she possibly can!

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