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Pelicans deliberately injured, rescuers say

Posted November 21, 2010

— Rescuers say that eight pelicans found dead or wounded on a North Carolina beach in the past two weeks were deliberately injured.

Six pelicans were found dead on North Topsail Beach Saturday, said Toni O'Neil, director of Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, an Onslow County nonprofit that specializes in waterfowl rehabilitation.

One pelican's pouch had been slit, and the others had wounds from pellet gunshots. Two had the ends of their wings smashed in.

A week earlier, two injured pelicans were found less than a mile apart on North Topsail Beach, O'Neil said.

Their wings had been cut open, severing the tendons and muscles they use to fly. O'Neil said that kind of injury can't be healed, so the pelicans had to be euthanized.

Pelicans with similar injuries were found along North Topsail Beach last year, but the injuries ceased after an investigation began, she said.

O'Neil urged anyone who sees injured pelicans to report them, so they can be helped to heal or put down humanely.

The incidents have been reported to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Pelicans are protected by federal law, which stipulates penalties for injuring them.


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  • lovesanimals Nov 22, 2010

    Thank you for apologizing tritonlm6. I can understand how you felt... I really do feel the same way. So sad about these poor innocent creatures.

  • tritonlm6 Nov 22, 2010

    Yep. Strong language. I apologize. It was a "kneejerk" post. Perhaps the moderators can delite my previous post so the discussion remains on the story rather than my strong language.

  • Barely Nov 22, 2010

    Pretty pitiful... except the pity is for the birds, not the sickos who would do this.

  • moogies Nov 22, 2010

    It's a shame some people need to get their excitement by hurting or torturing defenseless animals. I'm in favor of catching these low lifes and imposing the same injury/torture to them as punishment. Then let them see how exciting that is.

  • lovesanimals Nov 22, 2010

    Wow... strong language there tritonlm6. Glad my child is not looking at this page with me right now.

  • lovesanimals Nov 22, 2010

    Such cowards! I guess it makes them feel like big brave men to hurt a poor innocent animal. Poor babies.

  • tritonlm6 Nov 22, 2010

    Stupid f ucks. No rhyme or reason.

  • godnessgracious Nov 22, 2010

    I'd be mad if pelicans caused me to crash my 1.5 mil bugatti into a lake too.

  • ghimmy51 Nov 22, 2010

    Got more important things to worry about. The bird man will be caught eventually.

  • cwood3 Nov 22, 2010

    This sounds like one angry person. I wonder what pelicans did to this person to warrant this type of behavior.