Surgery Set for Today for Wayward Pelican

EASTHAM — A brown pelican, typically a rare sight on Cape Cod, will be flown to Florida once its infected elbow joint heals.

The pelican was spotted near MacMillan Pier in Provincetown and reported to police on Nov. 30. The pelican was taken to Wild Care of Cape Cod, a rehabilitation facility in Eastham, with an upper respiratory infection, signs of dehydration and hypothermia, according to Provincetown animal control officer Ruth Ann Cowing.

The pelican has recovered from the lung congestion and will undergo surgery today to flush bacteria out of the infected elbow, said Wild Care executive director Stephanie Ellis.

The pelican weighs about 8 pounds, and has a white breast and belly, indicating that it is an immature bird, Ellis said.

“They have goofy personalities,” she said. “He definitely looks forward to handouts of herring and butterfish.”

Once it’s well enough, the pelican will get a plane ride south. Cape Wildlife Center in Cummaquid treated a young adult brown pelican in November that was also flown to Florida, according to Cape Wildlife Center director Deborah Millman.

A handful of sightings of brown pelicans occurred on Cape Cod after Hurricane Sandy, at the end of October. Shortly after the storm, Wild Care treated a brown pelican that had pneumonia and did not survive, Ellis said.

If you find an animal in
distress, please call us at:

508-240-2255

Our helpline and our facility
are open EVERY DAY from
9:00am-5:00pm.
We are located at the
Eastham rotary.

Make a Difference

DONATE TODAY

Save A Life And Brake For Turtles

Each year when spring begins its migration into summer here on the peninsula, not only does Cape Cod see an influx of tourist traffic, but roadways also see an increase in turtle crossings, particularly of snapping turtles looking for suitable locati

READ ALL NEWS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

20170827
2nd Annual “Wild Fiesta” and Cornhole Tournament
EVENT DETAILS
20170701
Received $1,380 in Donations – Wild Baby Shower
EVENT DETAILS
20170624
Sip & Shop 2017
EVENT DETAILS

DID YOU KNOW??

Wild Care has a state-of-the-art seabird therapy pool, which allows seabirds and waterfowl to exercise on running water. This will help our bird friends recover more quickly so they can get back to their watery habitats!