Elly Albers is the director of this non-profit rehabilitation center, and she is most well known for her undaunted rescue efforts on behalf of Bonaire’s flamingo chicks.
Immediate first-aid response and initial care.
Elly and her staff of volunteers sprang into action to do their utmost to help the bird as quickly as possible. Doing her own intake evaluation, she confirmed the Masked Booby was underweight, its guano (feces) was checked for parasites, blood was drawn and red blood cells were checked for anemia, which could occur if the bird was not able to consume sufficient food. The evaluation also checked for wounds, fractures, as well as the condition of the feathers, as if the bird had recently molted, it might not have had sufficient waterproofing for it to dive for fish.
Once all was checked, the Masked Booby was given an oral rehydration solution to counteract dehydration, and feeding commenced three times a day with a special liquid protein food, higher in protein than the normal fish diet, with necessary vitamins as well. This schedule continued for three days via a feeding tube, which would be inserted directly into the bird’s crop.