Pelicans took flight in Florida Monday (03/10) after being nursed back to health.
One at a time, four brown pelicans took their first steps back into the wild at John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach.
Each one of these birds is a success story for the South Florida Wildlife Center where veterinarians and animal rescuers nursed all of them back to health. The people in the operating room readily admit it took months of painstaking work. One pelican owes his life to a group of good-hearted college students.
Greg Schreiber and some friends were hanging out along the intracoastal in Ft. Lauderdale in January when they came across a disturbing sight. They say they saw the pelican tangled in fishing line and dangling from a tree. The line snapped, sending the bird plummeting some 75-feet into the water. They immediately jumped in to save him.
Cell phone cameras were rolling as a wildlife officer performed field surgery in the dark before taking him in for more intensive treatment.
A blue band was used to temporarily identify the bird with the harrowing back story. The animal rescuers say it will soon disintegrate and won't cause him any harm.