Pelicans rescued after monsoons

Pelicans rescued by Tucson Wildlife Center.

Pelicans rescued after monsoons

CREATED Jul 18, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey
Reporter: Aaron Brackett

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Recent monsoon storms have interrupted the migratory path of pelicans headed west, but the Tucson Wildlife Center has jumped in to save the day.  

Tucson WIldlife Center founder, Lisa Bates says that pelicans en route to southern California have been blown off course due to strong monsoon winds and rain.

Without the Wildlife Center, at least five pelicans would have died from dehydration, exhaustion and starvation, according to Bates.

The Center is currently working to rehabilitate three pelicans and 10 others are within the community waiting to be rescued.

Once rehabilitated, the pelicans will be transported to Sea World in San Diego, CA and released from their docks.  

According to Warren Sammons, who cares for the birds, most of the ones that end up in Tucson are very young. "They got off course through thunderstorms and wind, that sort of thing," said Sammons. "They lose track of parents in their group and they wind up here in Tucson. Its their first migration from the south as juvenlies, so when they come up, they lose sight of them, and go the wrong direction."

If you would like to help, call Tucson Wildlife Center at (520) 290-9453