Wildlife Images admitted a very unique patient recently!
It started with a Facebook message about an injured pelican on the Rogue River near Gold Hill. We didn’t know much more than that so we couldn’t initiate a recovery… but then, a few days later, we got a very similar report. This time Wildlife Images’ Animal Care Team received a call about an American white pelican with an injured wing from the Galice area. The problem was that this animal was on the bank across the river from the road and only accessible by boat.
After placing a couple of calls, the animal care staff teamed up with Oregon State Police to rescue the injured bird. The team set out on the river from Indian Mary Park and headed downstream. The woman who called provided excellent directions and she assisted in spotting the pelican from the hillside across the river. The first attempt to capture the pelican was unsuccessful and he ran to the river to swim downstream. Once in the water, the pelican swam amongst rocks that were too dangerous to approach the shore. The team was able to capture the pelican from the water using a net and protective gloves and got him safely onto the boat.
Wildlife Images is continuing supportive care for the pelican while staff communicate with other wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians to weigh options for this patient. At this point, prognosis is guarded as we do not know the ultimate fate of this bird. In the meantime, the animal care staff will continue to offer the best care for him to keep him as comfortable as possible.