This American White Pelican was seen hanging out by a boat dock all alone. When approached, the pelican did not fly away indicating it was in need of help and was brought to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital.

During the physical exam, the bird was having a difficult time breathing and was trying to regurgitate. Our vet checked the pouch and noticed a large sheepshead carcass lodged deep in the bird’s esophagus. The fish was too big for the bird to swallow and the spines were preventing the bird from regurgitating the carcass.

Without intervention and safe removal of the fish the pelican wouldn’t have made it. Luckily, this bird is now recovering in our shorebird pool!

Our education team took the Learning Adventures Bus to the Grace Place after-school program in November. The lesson was all about sea turtles and microplastics and the kids loved the bus!





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