Conservationist Naude Dreyer of Ocean Conservation Namibia, decided to open his home to a pelican in need after receiving a call that the injured pelican. Dreyer brought the bird home with him and set up a kiddie pool for the bird to use until she could be released back into the wild. The poor pelican had gotten hit by a car near a local lagoon, but fortunately the injuries where not too severe.
He explained, “I got a call this morning about an adult Pelican wondering around the streets in town, which is very unusual behaviour. ent to catch her, again and brought her to my little wildlife rehab centre at home. …Seems the bird was hit by a car but probably just a bit concussed and confused, and likely quite sore. It doesn’t look like the wings are broken which is a miracle."
Dreyer and his family attended to the pelican and gave him support love and car. Dreyer’s daughters even gave her the name Elsa because of her white feathers. Dreyer and his family bathed Elsa in the kiddie pool when she and her wounds needed washing, and they also had to get a bit smart with feeding her, her medicine by hiding it in food for her to catch in the pool. “Sunday afternoons are for washing your Pelican Elsa (my daughters decided on that one) is doing well. She got X-rayed and seems to intact with a bit of light damage. Probably flew into something during massive winds we had last week. She is on a course of antibiotics and eating exceptionally well.”
After making a full recovery, Elsa was released back to her natural habitat on December 3, 2019. “After 2 weeks of rehabilitation at my home, including x-rays, antibiotics, vitamins, rest and recovery, she was ready to fly again. She flew 200meters initially (she was totally unable to fly when I got her). She then settled amongst some flamingos and really seemed to enjoy being back at the ocean again.”