After the recent bad weather in Wellington, our team were finally able to head out on Sunday (4 July) and release a Toroa Pango/Light-mantled Sooty Albatross. 

The Toroa Pango arrived at The Nest Te Kōhanga three weeks ago after being found by some concerned locals in Belmont Regional Park. We believe that he was a victim of the bad weather and had been blown inland. When he arrived in our care, he was severely dehydrated and underweight.
Our team at The Nest Te Kōhanga were able to bring him back to a healthy weight and stable condition before handing him over to our friends at the Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery. After a quick test of his waterproofing, he was ready for release.
The Manawatu Volunteer Coastguard were generous enough to offer us their boat for the release and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. Once he was released, he bobbed around for a while before spreading his wings and disappearing into the ocean.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all those involved in this rescue and for helping us get this beautiful manu back where he belongs.