White Pelicans in an uneven combat with power lines29.11.2010
Our two patients have fortunately suffered only temporary injuries. One of them was quite shocked while the other one had a paresis on the foot. Both were found in arable fields under a power line, near villages close to the reservoirs at Stara Zagora – the villages of Surnevo and Novoselets.
The shocked White Pelican found at Surnevo was successfully released at the Skalitsa Reservoir after two weeks of stay, disinfection and lavish feeding. The other pelican, whose feet barely keep it standing, is on medical treatment and its condition is getting better. It will stay in the recovery for an extra week.
Big flocks of White Pelicans winter together with other waterfowl in the reservoirs at Stara Zagora, as these wetlands do not freeze during the winter. Unfortunately the birds are far from a warm welcome, as the users of the reservoirs treat them as potential competitors for the fish resources and keep chasing them off, despite having enough fish for both profit and the birds. Chased and unwanted, the birds are forced to constantly move from place to place, looking for food and peace.
We are very grateful to Mr. Sevdalin Simeonov, who found the pelican at Surnevo and to Mr. Radichko Nedkov, Head of the local Hunting Society who sent the signal for the pelican at Novoselets on the 112 emergency phone, who forwarded it to us. The young pelican, named by Mr Nedkov – Gosho, was kept safely in the trunk of the car until the arrival of the Rescue Centre team.
Liubomila Krivoshieva - Aviculturist
Wildlife Rescue Centre
phone: +359 885 22 84 86