- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A sea-faring bird rarely seen from land was brought to a southwest Florida animal hospital, where it was euthanized.

A bridled tern had never been admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida before a fishing boat brought one in last week.

The Naples Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1OFZvoQ ) that bridled terns are common in the warm waters off the coast along the Gulf Stream, and they’ll occasionally rest aboard passing boats. The one brought to the animal hospital had been found floating and unable to fly.

Officials said the tern was weak and emaciated, and its condition deteriorated in the animal intensive care unit. It was euthanized.

Boaters are encouraged to keep boxes aboard in case they encounter exhausted or injured birds at sea.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com

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