Brighter Days Ahead for Blue: Brown Pelican On The Mend After Surgeries

Dear Bird Rescue supporter,

Blue’s pouch surgeries were successful and she4’s gained 800 grams since arriving into care on March 10. Photo: Ariana Gastelum – International Bird Rescue

Blue is no longer blue.

We are happy to report that Blue is fully on the mend after a second surgery that brings the total sutures required to repair her wounds to approximately 500. She is now eating with bravado, having gained 800 grams (1.75 lbs) since coming into care, and is recuperating comfortably in our aviary. All signs point to a resilient majestic pelican that will soon return to the wild. Enjoy this YouTube video of Blue, still groggy from sedation after surgery, hilariously attempting to eat by throwing fish over her head.

Early last week, a Brown Pelican was brought into our Los Angeles Wildlife Center with a severely slashed pouch. This human-caused injury was reminiscent of another pelican we had cared for years ago named Pink, and in honor of Pink, we affectionately named this pelican “Blue”. And just like Pink, Blue received a beautifully heartwarming outpour of love and support.

Check out our media coverage HERE and HERE.

“We want to thank the bird lovers of Southern California and beyond for their support of our efforts to save Blue,” said JD Bergeron, CEO of Bird Rescue.

Rescues like this remind us all that it’s the people that matter – whether it was the brave rescuer who noticed something wrong and brought Blue to us, or the incredible staff at our clinic who patched her back together, or donors like you who stepped up to offer your support.

If you already donated, we say thank you. If you haven’t already, you can still help. Blue has a voracious appetite and is eating big plates of smelt. Between food, medicine and staff care, it requires about $180 a day to help her heal. Help feed Blue and others like her.

To every one of you who offered your support and kind words, we’re grateful. We can’t do this important work without you.


Team Bird Rescue

Note: If anyone witnessed this attack, they can report information anonymously to the Cal Tip Line at 888-334-2258.