Reward offered in mutilation of pelican

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This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/International Bird Rescue)

This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/International Bird Rescue)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bird rescue organization says a pelican found with its pouch slashed will undergo surgery in Southern California.

The International Bird Rescue says authorities have offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who mutilated the California brown pelican.

The wounded bird was found April 16 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach.

This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/International Bird Rescue)

This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/International Bird Rescue)

Jay Holcomb, director of the San Pedro-based organization, says it appears a knife or similar sharp instrument was used to cut the bird. Holcomb says the bird appeared thin, so it probably hadn’t eaten in a couple weeks. Pelicans scoop fish up with their pouches.

The surgery to stitch the pouch back together will probably take place in the next several days, after the pelican is deemed strong enough.

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