Slashed Calif. pelican flies free after recovery
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.
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