PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A bird with a pretty remarkable journey to Southwest Florida is now back in the wild.
Folks with the Peace River Wildlife Center released a purple gallinule Wednesday.
Its been staying at the facility for about a month. The bird, found mostly in parts of Florida and South America, was found about 75 miles off the shore of Nantucket by commercial fisherman back in January.
Experts say they don't know how it got that far north but they're happy it's going to be okay.
"The crew of the vessel said that they find birds in distress fairly often but most of them don't survive even if they are able to haul them onto the boat but this bird seemed to be perfectly amenable to it, they threw a plastic bucket into the water and the bird hopped right on it and they hauled it up into the boat," says Robin Jenkins with the Center.
The Center released the bird at Ollie's Pond in Port Charlotte.