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Friday, May 09 2014 02:29 PM

PHOTO GALLERY: Injured bird on its way to recovery

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    This American White Pelican, photographed May 8, has a fishing lure stuck in its bill on this island in Hart Park. CALM workers rescued the pelican to try to bring it back to health, but it later died.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    A close-up of a goose with some pieces of grass on his beak.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    A flock of geese paddle around their favorite spot in the waters at Hart Memorial Park Thursday.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Close up of a goose in Hart Park as he bobs in and out of the water, drops run off.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    A goose cools off on a warm spring afternoon in Hart Park.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    An American White Pelican watches as three geese paddle past him on the little island in Hart Park. The pelican has a large lure in its bill and CALM has rescued it to help.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    An egret has a good view from the top of this waterfall at Hart Park Thursday afternoon.

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By CASEY CHRISTIE, Californian staff photographer

The injured American White Pelican is now in good hands.

Three staff members from California Living Museum captured her Friday and are busy nursing the beautiful, large, white bird back to health.

She was seen a while back by herself in the locale of Hart Memorial Park, but apparently was unable to fly.

When the flock migrated to another area, she got left behind, according to Lana Fain, zoo manager at CALM.

"She's a happy girl. We have a kiddie pool for her and she was shaking her little tail feathers, but it's still a long road to recovery,” Fain said during a phone interview Friday afternoon after the successful three-hour rescue with a net and three CALM workers on the shore.

They should be able to find out more information soon because the bird has two bands on it that will allow experts to determine where it’s from.

CALM is not in the business of capturing birds, so the rescuers had to get permission from California Fish and Wildlife to go out to Hart Park and capture her, Fain explained.

The wounds are pretty serious, especially on the bill because it had a large ocean type lure in it, "not the kind of lure used to fish for trout," Fain said CALM curator Don Richardson commented. He was at Hart Park Friday working feverishly to capture the injured bird.

She had two hooks in her bill, one in her foot, a hole in her foot and a hole in the sack right at the very end of the bill.

"It's a mess," Fain said.

The bird was force-fed Friday by CALM staff and the recovery looks good.    

Considering CALM doesn't have a boat, or the equipment necessary to do this type of animal rescue, it was a job well done.

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