Fishing hook injures local pelican

August 14, 2012 by  

Wingy the pelican is well known to those who live along the Noosa River and was recently spotted in distress. He is no stranger to accidents, as he lost a wing a few years ago, but remains highly active and can often be seen on the river.

On July 23, onlookers noticed Wingy was not swimming normally and contacted Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue. Twin sisters Bridget and Paula Powers were soon on the scene, courtesy of their brand new boat, to provide Wingy with the help he needed.

Paula and Bridgette found Wingy had been caught with a fishing hook that was stuck in the upper right area of one of his legs. The twins were impressed with Wingy’s overall health but immediately identified his suffering.

Wingy was taken to the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue so he could receive antibiotics and an x-ray. After examining the bird, the twins said:

“He's in really good body condition, which is a really good sign, but around the eyes it shows that he's in pain.”

Max Goodridge of Noosaville helps to look after this beautiful bird and has been feeding Wingy daily for over ten years.

Organisations like Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue often use flyer printing and other materials from printing companies to gain exposure for their cause but it is events like this that really bring to light the valuable work they do. Those in Noosaville and nearby Queensland areas such as Mooloolaba who wish to offer donations or volunteer can do so by visiting the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue website.