70 years of helping people to care for our ocean

By Ann Kunz 

We are delighted to announce that the pink-backed pelican, admitted to uShaka Sea World on the 17th February, was released last week.

She was initially seen by Richards Bay veterinarian Dr Otto after being found struggling to maintain her balance in the Richards Bay harbour.

An injury to her left leg was identified as the cause of her distress.  Thankfully she responded well to treatment and steadily regained the strength in her leg during her two weeks in the care of the SAAMBR Animal Health team.

Penelope, as she was affectionately named, delighted the staff with her steady progress and absolute magnificence.  The sooner seabirds are returned to their natural habitat after spending time in rehab, the higher their chances are of a full recovery.  

After consultation with avian specialists, the decision was made to drive to Richards Bay and release her as close to where she was initially found as was possible.  

“Watching her leave the transport crate, perch on a rock, stretch her wings and start preening herself with such a noble look on her face, it felt as though she was exactly where she needed to be.  It was an honour and privilege to have been part of her convalescent team” said uShaka Sea World veterinary nurse, Marle Benade.

SAAMBR would like to thank everyone involved in the successful rehabilitation of this very special patient.