Shut­down strands pel­i­can

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS -

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — An out-of-place pel­i­can and an in­jured owl will likely re­main stranded at a Rhode Is­land wildlife fa­cil­ity un­til the end of the par­tial fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down.

The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal re­ports that the ju­ve­nile brown pel­i­can — likely steered north by high winds — had be­come a sen­sa­tion to bird watch­ers and dock work­ers who nick­named him “Bert.”

The bird was taken to the Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land as tem­per­a­tures dropped, where ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Kristin Fletcher says they can’t get the needed fed­eral per­mits to move him to a south­ern lo­ca­tion.

Fletcher says the group also has an owl with a se­vere eye in­jury. Its trav­els are also on hold.

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