The injured American White Pelican is now in good hands.
Three staff members from California Living Museum captured her Friday and are busy nursing the beautiful, large, white bird back to health.
She was seen a while back by herself in the locale of Hart Memorial Park, but apparently was unable to fly.
When the flock migrated to another area, she got left behind, according to Lana Fain, zoo manager at CALM.
"She's a happy girl. We have a kiddie pool for her and she was shaking her little tail feathers, but it's still a long road to recovery,” Fain said during a phone interview Friday afternoon after the successful three-hour rescue with a net and three CALM workers on the shore.
They should be able to find out more information soon because the bird has two bands on it that will allow experts to determine where it’s from.
CALM is not in the business of capturing birds, so the rescuers had to get permission from California Fish and Wildlife to go out to Hart Park and capture her, Fain explained.
The wounds are pretty serious, especially on the bill because it had a large ocean type lure in it, "not the kind of lure used to fish for trout," Fain said CALM curator Don Richardson commented. He was at Hart Park Friday working feverishly to capture the injured bird.
She had two hooks in her bill, one in her foot, a hole in her foot and a hole in the sack right at the very end of the bill.
"It's a mess," Fain said.
The bird was force-fed Friday by CALM staff and the recovery looks good.
Considering CALM doesn't have a boat, or the equipment necessary to do this type of animal rescue, it was a job well done.