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Man On Beach Blinded By Rescued Bird

July 13, 2011

A man has been blinded in one eye after an injured gannet he was carrying across a beach on Gower, south Wales pecked his eyeball out of its socket.

Michael Buckland, 38, from Cardiff, spent three days being treated by eye specialists at Swansea’s Singleton Hospital.

The seabird pierced his eyeball and cut his eyelid in two with its beak

Mr Buckland, a welder, has been told the chances of him regaining sight in his right eye are very slim.

He recalled how he was walking on the beach with his girlfriend when the attack happened last month.

Mr Buckland told BBC Wales: “We were just walking along the beach and seen a seagull or gannet in the seaweed so I went over and picked it up – I was going to take it to the sand dunes.

“A family walked up with their dog. The dog was jumping up trying to get its tail and as I looked down at the dog all I saw was a beak coming straight towards my eyes.

“The surgeon said it pecked me about three times. Its beak went through the centre of my eyeball.”

He was rushed to hospital where he had 11 stitches across his eyeball which doctors managed to replace and his right eyelid was sewn up.

Mr Buckland said he has been told he will never be able to work as a welder again.

“They said I’ve got to have an operation in four months time – they are going to take the stitches out and see about another operation to try and get my sight back but they said [the chances are] very slim.”

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  1. *Stargazer permalink
    July 13, 2011 11:30 am

    What a dreadful thing to have happened.
    Out of the humanity and goodness of his heart, wanting to help an animal, Mr Buckland has suffered a terrible injury – in the treatment of which I hope Mr Buckland’s physicians can work a miracle. I’m sure it would be a dream come true for him to go back to his work.
    I hope your eye is much better soon Mr Buckland.

    It’s certainly put me off wanting to help an animal in distress.
    After reading this I’d be sure to ring the local council to get help.
    If he had his time again I think Mr Buckland would too.
    If only we could bottle hind-sight – it would be a best-seller!
    Thank you for this post SameDifference1; I’m sure it will come to other people’s minds to apply EXTREME caution in dealing with distressed animals, as a result of reading this.

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