SAUSALITO (AP) — Seven young brown pelicans have been released into the wild in Northern California after spending weeks at an aviary recovering from malnutrition.
Russ Curtis of International Bird Rescue says the birds noted for their large, pointy beaks were returned to a beach Friday in Sausalito, California.READ MORE: California Reopens: Newsom Marks End of COVID Restrictions, Awards $1.5M to 10 Vaccine Recipients
They are among more than 80 sick and starving pelicans taken in by the group throughout the state since April.READ MORE: 2 Homes Burn in Separate South San Jose Neighborhoods
Too weak and unable to fly, some have been found wandering on airport runways, outside coffee shops and in backyards. Two dive-bombed a recent college graduation ceremony in Southern California.
Curtis says it’s unclear what’s making the young birds sick, but the group suspects the fish they eat may be going farther away from the beach because of warming ocean waters.MORE NEWS: Will The Ford Maverick Be A Game-Changer In The Auto Industry?
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