Brown Pelican Rescued From BP Oil Spill Returns Home 11 Years Later

Brown Pelican Rescued From BP Oil Spill Returns Home 11 Years Later
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Who says you can’t go home again? A brown pelican rescued from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 and relocated to Georgia has made the 700-mile trek back to Louisiana 11 years later. "It’s truly impressive that it made its way back from Georgia,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Biologist Casey Wright said in a press release . The pelican was found covered in oil on June 14, 2010, on a rock jetty off of Bataria Bay, located on Louisiana’s Queen Bess Island, WBRZ reported . The bird , tagged "Red 33Z" by its rescuers, was first taken to a triage facility, then a rehabilitation facility in Louisiana. However, it couldn’t be released near its home due to oil contamination. Instead, the pelican was flown to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Brunswick, Georgia, and released there on July 1, 2010. It isn’t known exactly when Red 33Z made it back home, but Wright spotted and photographed the bird on a Bataria Bay rock jetty in March. This isn’t unheard of behavior for pelicans. "Brown pelicans, like most seabirds, are thought to be hard-wired, genetically, to return to their birth colony to breed, despite moving […]

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