Yesterday, several staff members and volunteers went to dinner after working at the Shelter all day. We found a parking spot in Downtown Oakland and began walking to the restaurant when we saw a seagull standing in the gutter. He looked stressed and unhealthy. When we approached, it became clear that he had something wrapped around his neck. He began to try to get away but we pursued him and were able to catch him since he was very weak. He had fishing line tied around his neck and down his throat. We worked as a team to release him from the confines of the line. When it was finally all cut off and pulled off of him, he seemed to be relieved. We asked the restaurant for a bowl of water and some rice and brought it to him. He began gulping water and the rice. He stayed by the restaurant for the next hour or more while we had dinner and then flew off.
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