Monday 16 July 2018

Tropical bird blown by Hurricane Jose all the way to Cape Cod has died

Hurricane Jose (right) seen next to Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Jose (right) seen next to Hurricane Irma

A tropical bird believed to be the first of its type seen in a northern US state has died after it was blown off course by Hurricane Jose.

Wild Care Cape Cod, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Eastham, said that the masked booby died overnight.

It was found last week at a Cape Cod beach.

They say the bird's condition was "grim" from the beginning and it became worse on Sunday.

An examination on the body will be performed by Tufts University.

Then the bird will be taken to the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology to be exhibited.

Massachusetts Audubon science coordinator Mark Faherty said a masked booby had never before been reported on the state's soil.

The seabirds are more common in the Gulf of Mexico.


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