May 17, 2019 12:25 pm
Updated: May 20, 2019 1:05 pm

Salthaven West looking for fish donations to feed recovering pelican

WATCH: Salthaven West is nursing a wounded pelican back to health, and the wildlife rehab is fishing for donations to help keep the bird healthy.

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Regina area wildlife rehab Salthaven West is hoping people are willing to part with a catch or two after a long weekend spent fishing to help feed their newest and biggest patient, a pelican.

Earlier this week, they received a call about the bird with an “obvious wing injury” after it was spotted at the Joanne Goulet Golf Course. Salthaven volunteers were sent out, but the bird went to the water and was unreachable.

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While plans were being formulated to catch the pelican, a City of Regina employee caught the bird while working on the golf course and took it to the Animal Clinic of Regina.

The injured pelican at the Joanne Goulet Golf Course in Regina.

Salthaven West/Facebook

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The veterinary team discovered the pelican had a badly fractured wing and performed “life-saving” surgery.

In their Facebook post, Salthaven says the pelican will be resting comfortably for the next few days, but this is a critical recovery period.

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They expect the pelican will be a long-term Salthaven resident while he recovers and the bird has a big appetite. The non-profit is looking for fish and medication donations to help the pelican on its eventual journey back to the wild.

Salthaven said they have limited freezer space and will need fish on an ongoing basis.

Donations can be arranged by calling 639-999-4957.

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