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Tropical bird ends up in Cape Cod after being blown off course by Hurricane Jose

A tropical bird never before seen in the US state of Massachusetts has been rescued from a Cape Cod beach.

It is thought the masked booby was blown off course by Hurricane Jose.

Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Eastham in the northern US state, says the bird was found on Tuesday at a Wellfleet beach.

Wild Care executive director Stephanie Ellis told the Cape Cod Times the bird was thin, weak and experiencing respiratory discomfort likely due to a fungal infection.

Science coordinator Mark Faherty says a masked booby has never before been reported on the state's soil.

He said a charter captain reported seeing one about 100 miles south of Nantucket in 2015.

The seabirds are more common in the Gulf of Mexico.

AP

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