NAVARRE, Fla. (WEAR) —
Three pelicans under the care of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge are back in the wild on Wednesday night.
Bill Anderson, president of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge said, “When we get to this day it’s the culmination of a long series of a lot of people’s efforts.”
East bay in Navarre is the setting for a moment members of the refuge have been working toward.
Anderson said, “Every single time we get to do this. It doesn’t really matter the species. It really kind of validates for us the great work we’re doing for our wildlife and for our communities.”
After more than two months in their care the three brown pelicans were released.
Wildlife Clinic Manager at the refuge, Nikki Bennett said, “Fortunately pelicans are not that hard to rehabilitate in the sense that they do not stress to terribly bad in the presence of humans. Captivity is not a hardship on them as much.”
One of the birds was captured after it had become dependent on humans for food.
The two others were turned over to the refuge after they were injured
However, once in the water of the bay the birds seemed to be happy back in their natural habitat.
It’s a rewarding sight for those who worked hard to get them there.
“A part of me is sad in the sense that we do in sense we kind of bond with these animals,” Bennett said.
The pelicans are expected to have an easy transition back into the wild.
On average the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge takes care of about 2,000 animals a year.
If you see an animal in need call the refuge at (850) 650-1880.
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