Stranded pel­i­can fi­nally headed south

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

SMITH­FIELD (AP) — Bert the pel­i­can has fi­nally found a flight out of the frigid North­east.

The ju­ve­nile brown pel­i­can — likely steered north by high winds — had re­mained stranded at a Rhode Is­land wildlife fa­cil­ity due to the 35-day par­tial fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down.

Of­fi­cials at the Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land wanted to re­lo­cate the bird to its nat­u­ral, warmer habi­tat, but were un­able to get the fed­eral per­mits needed to move him to a south­ern lo­cale.

The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal re­ported Sun­day that Bert was the guest of Coven­try fire­fighter/para­medic Jonathan Pas­cua, who flies for Pi­lots N’ Paws and gen­er­ally works with four­legged crea­tures.

The pel­i­can be­came a sen­sa­tion to bird watch­ers and dock work­ers, who nicknamed it “Bert.”

He was flown to North Carolina on the way to Florida.

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