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Pelicans get to spread their wings

By Jeff Newpher, Your Houston News

1330 days ago   Article ID# 1534218
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Wildlife Center of Texas

HOUSTON, TEXAS (Your Houston News) - Eleven former “rehab patients” at the Wildlife Center of Texas have been “discharged” back into natural habitat.

The patients were brown pelicans.

All but one came to the Houston-based Center from Mississippi after Tropical Storm Lee last September.

The last one nursed back to health was originally from Galveston.

Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director of the Wildlife Center said a team of 250 volunteers cared for the birds.

“They’ve been in a large flight cage exercising and they’ve had access to pools and they eat a lot of fish,” she said.

“A lot” is three to four pounds of fish a day, provided mostly by Moody Gardens in Galveston.

More than 65 people, many with cameras, gathered at the Seabrook waterfront on Saturday morning (March 31) to see the brown pelicans released a few at a time.

Some of the birds had to be coaxed out of their large portable cages.

When they took off, most flew about 25 yards off shore and landed in the water, staying in groups of two or three.

“This is what we do and why we do it, so we can put them back in the wild,” Schmalz said. “I think they will do great.”

The Wildlife Center of Texas is Houston's only trauma hospital that accepts all injured, ill and orphaned wildlife.

Schmalz estimates they cared for 9000 animals last year.

To learn more about it, click on www.WildlifeCenterofTexas.org

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Updated 1330 days ago   Article ID# 1534218

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