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Jun 29, 2013 4:55 PM by Van Nguyen

Pelicans being rehabilitated in Southern Arizona

TUCSON - The Tucson Wildlife Center is nursing two pelicans that arrived in Arizona this week.
One was found at a pool in Oro Valley.

Another one was found in Pearce.

Lou Rae Whitehead, Director of Animal Care at TWC says their arrival has come earlier than usual.

She says, "we presume the high winds of the last few days have blown the weaker young Pelicans off course while migrating with their parents from Mexico up the coast of California."

Whitehead encourages the public to call the Tucson Wildlife Center at 290-WILD if they see one.

It is very expensive to rehabilitate pelicans.

Dr. Don Gillespie, a wildlife veterinarian with TWC, says pelicans are not native to the desert and need an all-fish diet along with other high-level care.

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