Beth Stern, Wildlife Center Save Seagull [VIDEO]

Hamptonite Stern is trained in rescue-transport of wildlife.

An injured and dehydrated seagull on the verge of death was recently saved with celebrity help.

The gull was spotted near Wickapogue in Southampton Village on Nov. 18, wrapped up in fishing line with the hook still attached, explained Virginia Frati, the executive director of the in Hampton Bays. After the spotter called the rescue center, the center called upon model and actress Beth Stern, who has a home in the area. "She’s actually trained in rescuing wildlife," Frati said. "She took one of our training classes.”

After a successful rescue-transport by Stern, the bird spent 10 days at the rescue center being rehabilitated. The fishing line "was all wrapped around his beak, his wings, his legs,” Frati said. “The blood supply was compromised in one of his legs."

Based on the level of dehydration, the bird was likely caught in the fishing line for two days, Frati said.

When it came time to release the seagull back into the wild, the rescue center called on Stern again. Her husband, Howard Stern, shot a video of the seagull at the rescue center and of Stern releasing the seagull.

Frati said birds often get caught in fishing line. Sometimes, they are caught in discarded line, but more frequently it happens when a bird swoops in to snag a fish a fisherman is reeling in, she said.

"We have three whole shadow boxes of fishing line and fishing hooks we’ve removes from animals," Frati said. "It doesn't break away. It just stays in the environment forever.”

David December 03, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Nice story! Beth and Howard do a lot with North Shore Animal League too, good for them!
jon deutl December 03, 2011 at 08:38 PM
How much publicity is this attention-whore going to milk out of this incident? Normal people do things like this every day without looking for media attention or a pat on the back. Get over yourself Beth!
Emily Show December 03, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Both the seagull and NSAL calendar are examples of someone with no talent who desperately wants to be famous using a charity to promote herself. Most people would have enough class not to do such a despicable thing.
SonoVox December 03, 2011 at 11:04 PM
How many trophy wives does it take to open a Rubbermaid container?


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