Good Samaritans awarded in Fort Lauderdale for bird rescue

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Two South Florida residents received high honors after a successful bird rescue.

Dr. Renata Schneider and Roman Gotsulyak received an “Animal Crusader Award” at an animal adoption fair in Fort Lauderdale this afternoon. “We want to really appreciate and thank these people for their extra efforts and hard work,” said the man who presented the honors to the Good Samaritans.

Schneider and Gotsulyak are credited with saving the life of an injured royal tern that was found on the side of the road in Haulover Beach.

Gotsulyak said he was driving when he noticed the bird in the middle of the road. When the bird refused to eat or drink, he took the animal to the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale, where Schneider and her team of veterinarians took over.

“It’s really an honor to be recognized, and it’s not just my work. It’s the work of everyone at the Wildlife Center,” said Schneider. “We do great work for wildlife all day, every day.”

The rescued bird was released back into the wild after fully recovering.

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