This afternoon, SeaWorld Orlando’s aviculture team received a brown pelican that was rescued by the US Navy Oil Recovery Team and Virginia Beach SPCA Wildlife Programat Sewells Point Jetty in Norfolk, Va. on June 22.
The brown pelican traveled from Virginia to Orlando on Delta Airlines and arrived at the Orlando International Airport. Upon arrival at SeaWorld Orlando, the pelican was placed in a quarantine area and will be closely monitored to make sure it is healthy before joining other rescued brown pelicans in the park.
The approximately 7 pound, mature brown pelican has a severely injured wing and is unable to be returned to the wild. Following treatment at the Sacred Friends Wildlife Rehabilitation in Norfolk, Va., SeaWorld Orlando is now providing the bird with a long-term home inside the park’s Pelican Preserve.
SeaWorld’s animal rescue team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to rescue, care for and return to the wild manatees, whales, sea turtles, birds and dolphins. Since the park’s rescue programs began, more than 20,000 animals have been rescued. So far in 2012, SeaWorld has rescued 184 birds.