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PHOTO RELEASE: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biologists Discover Oiled Pelican

BATON ROUGE (May 14, 2010) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists found an oiled Brown Pelican, Louisiana’s official state bird, on the rocks along Bayou Rigaud, across from Sand Dollar Marina on Thursday, May 13. Biologists collected the pelican and brought it to veterinarians for rehabilitation.

The Brown Pelican is Louisiana’s official state bird, only recently removed from the endangered species list on November 11, 2009.

Twenty birds in total have been delivered to Fort Jackson in Louisiana since the beginning of the oil spill, where they are cleaned and rehabilitated. Five of these birds were oiled and needed treatment and two have been cleaned and are being rehabilitated, including one brown pelican and one green heron. The Center has released two birds so far – one Northern Gannet and one Brown Pelican. Another bird is scheduled to be released today.

To view a picture of the pelican, visit this site: http://bit.ly/9lUNvd

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