Slashed Calif. pelican flies free after recovery

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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) – Pink has flown off into the sunset.

The California brown pelican found with its pouch mutilated has returned to the sea Tuesday after making a fast recovery.

The bird, nicknamed Pink, was freed in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram says Pink took a few steps when his cage door was opened, then quickly took flight and landed on an offshore jetty to the applause of onlookers.

The bird was found in Long Beach on April 16. Someone had slashed his pouch from end to end and he was emaciated.
Pink underwent two surgeries and received more than 600 stitches at the International Bird Rescue Center in San Pedro.

A $20,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and conviction of Pink’s attacker.

Watch the video:

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10230961

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