As of Friday, October 4, Dr. Claire noted that Brown Pelican #19-3008 appeared a little brighter and more alert, though was still exhibiting some neurologic symptoms. The pelican hasn’t eaten on her own yet, and the staff have had to force-feed fish to the bird. Additional blood work revealed that the pelican was negative for lead toxicity.
The staff are setting up a small swimming pool in the A3 flight enclosure; they are hoping that by giving the pelican more space, including room to swim, the bird will continue to improve, or at least will better be able to be observed for neurological deficits. If the pelican does well this weekend, the bird may be able to be seen intermittently on Critter Cam next week!