Autopsies show Alabama pelicans starved in cold

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Autopsy results from shore birds found dead
on the Alabama coast during the recent cold snap show the animals starved to death.

Some of the sea birds showed signs of frostbite on their webbed
feet.

One pelican ate a piece of wood shortly before it died,
suggesting food was difficult to find.

The frigid temperatures drove small fish into deeper water, and
the birds could no longer feed.

Wildlife biologist Roger Clay says birds have such a high metabolism it doesn't take long for them to suffer from a lack of food.

More than 100 pelicans, gulls and terns were found dead on
Dauphin Island and the Fort Morgan peninsula earlier this month.

Clay said almost all the dead birds were young pelicans.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 82693422 - wtvy.com/a?a=82693422
Gray Television, Inc.