In Los Angeles, another oiled pelican joins the ranks of patients in care

BRPEOiled pelican in Malibu, photo by Blake Krikorian

A third oiled Brown Pelican in as many weeks has been transferred to our Los Angeles center. Malibu resident Blake Krikorian captured the heavily oiled animal on Saturday and brought it to our rehabilitation partners at California Wildlife Center, who then arranged for transport to our center.

You would never know it from the capture photo, but this is another adult bird — the wash photos below show the pelican’s white head.

We are pleased to report that Wednesday’s wash of the animal went extremely well; this pelican is on track to join “Pink” and other adult birds sharing an outdoor aviary as they recover from different injuries.

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Further reading on Brown Pelicans:

Species profile on All About Birds

Keeping watch over brown pelicans, International Bird Rescue blog

Plight of the pelican, Los Angeles Times

Blue-Banded Pelican Project