A Tofino tugboat Captain braved waves and a storm, to save a crow that rescuers have now named “Peggy.”
“She’s a trooper and a fighter,” said North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre animal care worker Megan Buemann.
The small bird with one leg has come a long way, thanks to Derek Fraser.
“She was just struggling and she looked like she might have a chance so,” said Fraser, who is a tugboat captain.
Fraser was 14 nautical miles from Tofino, in a late November windstorm, when he found the badly injured young bird — trapped in rigging on a remote barge after her foot got stuck.
“It was really cold that morning. It was blowing probably 55 knots southeast and windy and raining,” recalled Fraser.
He says managed to free the bird by carefully using tools to move the rigging — collecting the crow whose leg was dangling from her body, and brought her into his tug.