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Loon rescued after mistaking wet road for a pond

Even the wildlife seems flummoxed by the record-breaking wet spring.

East Otto's stranded common loon. (Department of Environmental Conservation photo)

Earlier this month after another heavy rain deluged Western New York with an inch or more of rain, a loon apparently mistook a roadway for a pond, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

That's when an astute environmental conservation officer in Cattaraugus County came to the rescue, the report stated.

Responding to a call for a common loon using an East Otto road for a pond, Environmental Conservation Officer Nate Mead sought assistance from a local wildlife rehabilitator and secured the confused, but otherwise healthy, loon with a towel to move it out of the road, the DEC reported.

The bird was taken to a real pond a short distance away.

Once in the water at its new pond, the loon "took off paddling and dove under the water," according to DEC officials.


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