|Pelican dove head first into the La Brea tar pits and got stuck.|
A few people forwarded this email to me.
“My husband just arrived at the LaBrea tarpits and there is a pelican that is stuck and dying in the tarpits. He told the office and they purportedly called animal services – but, if there are any suggestions/help that can be offered to save this bird, that would be appreciated. Unfortunately, the tarpits just closed for visitors- but, maybe to help this animal they would let someone in? Any ideas?!?
I called the tar pits and they said they just pulled it out of the tar. Thank god because if they didn’t, I have to go out in their little boat and fish it out myself. I pick up mammals from the tar pits quite often as I am close.
I brought a big crate and towel to transport it thinking it just got a little bit of tar on it. Oh no, it had a ton of tar on it. They easily picked it up and put it in a box. The tar caused it now to be stuck to the cardboard box. The pelican is breathing, eyes are alert. I took the above photo.
I put him in my car and drove him to West Los Angeles animal shelter where there is an available Officer to drive him to either Peter Wallerstein or International Bird Rescue.
I arrive at the shelter and the pelican is more alert. Officer Radcliff(?) then drives him to the appropriate rescuer. I am only permitted to rescue native wildlife, not federally protected birds. I could easily get the permit but I’m busy enough with mammals and unprotected birds.
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