Town of Ocean Isle Beach
Pelican Rescue and Release
Pelican Rescue and Release -
Posted on Monday October 16, 2017

GOOD NEWS!  Two rehabilitated pelicans released back into the wild on Ocean Isle Beach – October 14, 2017


On September 25th, 2017, Town of Ocean Isle Beach employee, Kevin Masser, discovered an injured (male) pelican on the beach strand.  Lynn Moore, island bird rescuer, was contacted and Masser/Moore captured the bird and arranged for safe transport to the Sea Biscuit Sanctuary on Oak Island for assessment and rehabilitation.  During rehabilitation, the pelican became “friends” with another rehabbed pelican and the two were released together on Ocean Isle Beach this past Saturday (October 14th). 


OIBPD officer, Donald Hatley, and sanctuary owner, Mary Ellen Rogers carried the two birds out on the strand near the OIB pier for release.  Once released, the healthy birds glided out over the ocean and joined a group of pelicans floating out on the open water.


Many thanks to Kevin Masser, Officer Hatley, Lynn Moore, Mary Ellen Rogers, the Sea Biscuit Staff, and others whose compassion and care for our environment make such a difference!


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