Spring breakers help local free pelican

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 02:54 PM.

Back on shore, he removed two hooks from the bird's wing, including a fairly large treble hook with two barbs that were stuck in the muscles of the bird's upper wing. He also cut away about 20 feet of mono and a metal leader.

Before leaving the beach, Edmond noticed the pelican had made it back up onto the beach to rest. He waded the cut to check on him and was allowed to walk right up to him before he stood up and stretched his wings, free at last.

Edmond determined to be on the beach the next morning with a bag of frozen minnows.

"I didn't think he would be flying for a while but at least he could find food," he said.

The next morning as he tried to get his boat running he noticed a pelican swimming down the shoreline. Edmond watched him catching minnows along the shallow shoreline as he swam toward him and Edmond ran back to the house for the minnows that were thawing in the refrigerator. He returned just as the pelican came swimming up to the dock.

"He spooked when he saw me, but I pitched a cigar minnow to him and he quickly turned around and swam back for it. I fed him four more cigar minnows before he left to go touring the waters edge looking for more food," he said.

The pelican spent nearly all day in the cove feeding.

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