North Berwick kids return lost puffling

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A YOUNG puffin became the first of the year to be rescued after children found it hiding in their garden – in the wake of a Scottish Seabird Centre appeal to look out for disoriented creatures.

The Puffling Rescue Service swung into action after receiving a call from North Berwick resident Lisa Semple, whose children made the discovery at their Victoria Road home.

The centre earlier this week asked people in the town to keep their eyes peeled for pufflings who may have been disoriented by the town’s lights and failed to head out to sea.

The puffling has now been named Pinkie by youngsters of the Pinkie Out of School Club from Musselburgh, who were visiting the Seabird Centre at the time of the rescue. Pinkie was then safely released into the sea near the Bass Rock.

Ms Semple said: “I was so surprised when the children came in and told me they’d found the puffling.

“The Seabird Centre staff arrived really quickly and told us lots of fascinating information about pufflings and why they end up on the streets of North Berwick.

“I’m delighted that Pinkie is now back where he belongs – out at sea.”