Brown Pelican #17-11

Brown Pelican #17-11
Jan 02 2017

A brown pelican (17-11) arrived at CROW from Sanibell that was entangled in fishing line with a hook in its left wing. A CROW volunteer in a kayak rescued the pelican from a bridge pillar under the Sanibel Causeway.

The hook caused multiple wounds and injuries including inflammation in the right leg where the fishing line was wrapped. After giving the pelican X-rays, the veterinary staff discovered that the pelican had a pellet in its neck. It was an old wound imbedded in the skin and posed no threat so the decision was made not to remove it. The pelican is currently bright, alert and eating well.

Status Updates

Moved to ICU - Jan 10 2017 4:39 pm

The pelican has been moved to the intensive care unit and is being closely monitored. It has not eaten all day and may have to be force fed. On a positive note the swelling has improved on the right foot and leg significantly.


Deceased - Jan 11 2017 5:00 pm

Unfortunately, the brown pelican has succumbed to its injuries. The pelican had stopped eating and became very depressed.


Deceased - Jan 11 2017 5:00 pm

Unfortunately, the brown pelican has succumbed to its injuries. The pelican had stopped eating and became very depressed.