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Rescued brown pelican dies


VICTORIA — A brown pelican that had been in the repeated care of the SPCA in Victoria has died days after it was brought in with another injury.

An SPCA spokeswoma­n says caregivers found the female bird dead Friday.

Society chief scientific officer Sara Dubois says the pelican was rescued Monday near Victoria when it was spotted in distress from injuries that may have been caused by a dog attack. The SPCA’s website says the pelican was transferre­d from Vancouver on May 1 because it was skinny and in poor health and was released off Victoria in August after other brown pelicans were seen in the area.

Vancouver Island is at the northernmo­st point of the breeding range for brown pelicans, which are identified by their very long bill, elastic throat pouch and a two-metre wing span.

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