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Goldfish rescued after surviving seagull bucket attack

"It is rare we are asked to help a goldfish."

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Captain Birdseye the goldfish was abandoned in a bucket and then attacked by a seagull. (GSPCA via SWNS)

By Ed Cullinane via SWNS

This goldfish had a lucky escape after being rescued from the mouth - of a seagull.

The fish, since named "Captain Birdseye," is making a full recovery - despite sustaining some minor injuries from the bird attack.

Staff at the GSPCA animal rescue center say he was saved after a passerby spotted a gull "attacking" him in a bucket in Gibauderie, Guernsey.

After scaring off the bird, the rescuer handed the fish to animal rescuers - who said Captain Birdseye probably only survived the attack because he was "too large" to eat.

Photos published by the GSPCA - better known for saving seals - show the oversized fish now living happily in a tank at the rescue center.

Rescue workers admitted that it is "rare" they are asked to look after goldfish, and they are now looking to provide the Captain with a new home.

Captain Birdseye sustained some injuries from the seagull but is recovering well. (GSPCA via SWNS)

Yvonne Chauvel, a Senior Animal Care Assistant, said: “We are asked to help all sorts of animals but it is rare we are asked to help a goldfish abandoned in a bucket being attacked by a gull.

“We have named him Captain Birdseye and despite his injuries, he is doing well. If we don’t find his owners in the next three weeks we will be looking to find him a home.”

The charity will soon be celebrating its 150th anniversary and is using the lucky save as an opportunity to raise awareness about its work.

GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne added that Captain Birdseye was a "very lucky goldfish."

He said: “It is incredible the range of animals we rescue and help at the GSPCA and we soon celebrate 150 years of helping animals in Guernsey.

“There are many ways you can help support our vital 24/7 work and donate, or raise funds for the hundreds of animals in our care.

“With over 100 hedgehogs, 5 seal pups, dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, fish, reptiles and many birds, we help over 3000 animals through the doors every year.

“If you would like to help support us, you can check our Amazon Wish List and see lists of items that we use every day and things that we are appealing for.

“We couldn’t do so much without your support.”

If you're interested in adopting Captain Birdseye or other animals, you can find out more here.

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