We received a very special delivery when a young puffin was found on a pavement outside a Post Office.

Puffin © RSPCA

The forlorn looking bird was spotted by a man in Strood, Kent, and taken to a vet before being transferred to our Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre.

The puffin, nicknamed Pat after the world’s favourite postman, has been nursed back to health and is set to be released back into the wild today.

Bel Deering, manager of RSPCA Mallydams Wood, near Hastings, East Sussex, said:

“It was found on the pavement outside a post office, an unusual habitat for a puffin.


“As puffins are normally found further north than Medway, Pat is an exceptional admission for us and has raised a lot of interest among staff and volunteers.”

Pat will be released back into the wild today

Pat the Puffin © RSPCA

Pat was given a full veterinary check-up, including an x-ray, but no injuries were found. Staff at Mallydams gave the puffin first class care including a diet of fresh sand eels and sprats, and dips in its own private pool.

Bel added:

“It looked rather weak and wobbly when it came in but has really perked up.  It is now out on a shallow pool so that we can check its buoyancy and make sure it’s waterproof and it seems very happy.


“It’s a bit of a mystery how it ended up sickly and stranded in Strood but it appears to be much better now.


“We are delighted to be able to release it back into the wild.”

Pat is due to be released on a beach close to Mallydams today on the high tide at lunchtime.

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