Published On: Wed, Jun 23rd, 2021

Pair of Injured Pelicans Returned to Wild

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Two young Brown Pelicans were released at Crystal Cove State Beach June 22 after being treated for injuries believed to have been inflicted by people. The birds were previously under the care of wildlife specialists at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County in Huntington Beach. They were among dozens of pelicans discovered along the coast with serious injuries, including compound fractures to their wing bones. The injured pelicans were all brought to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center by fish and wildlife officers and lifeguards as far south as San Clemente.  Less than a dozen of the pelicans survived their injuries, including the two released. A small crowd gathered at the release site as the pelicans in covered cages were carried down the beach by wildlife center staff for the release. “It was an unforgettable experience to witness these two magnificent birds who were rescued, …

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