MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A helpless pelican that struck a power line in Miami Beach was rescued, Monday morning, by a Miami Beach Police officer.
According to police, Officer Sierra of Miami Beach Police rescued the pelican who struck a power line along 63rd Street and Pinetree Drive.
After being apart of Miami Beach Police for 17 years, this is something Sierra said has never happened to her. “We don’t have training for something like this,” she said. “It was kind of like OJT for something like that.”
The injured pelican, who she named Dudley, was brought to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station where he is expected to make a full recovery. “One of our parks and recreation workers observed a pelican pick up a fish, fly up, hit a power line and just come crashing to the ground” said Sierra.
Dudley was quickly given painkillers and other antibiotics. “Most pelicans should be attacking us,”said a worker at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, Carla Zepeda. “She’s very calm right now and we’re considering she’s in shock.”
Workers at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station said this isn’t the first time the pelican has been brought to the station. Dudley has been tagged once before.
Officer Sierra jokingly attributed her quick, animal-saving instincts to how much she watches Animal Planet. “We help people, we help animals, we help anyone we can,” she said.
Pelican Harbor is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility dedicated to saving and releasing injured seabirds in the Biscayne Bay area.
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