SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – About two months in the past, the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network was experiencing a pelican pandemic, with over 200 brown pelicans falling in poor health throughout the central coast. After rescuing and remedy, 12 of the pelicans had been released back into the wild on Friday.
“Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network noticed big inflow of pelicans in May, we had over 260 come to our middle and we’re lastly seeing them released after weeks of rehabilitation,” mentioned Arianna Katovich, government director of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. “They have undoubtedly stabilized in care with plenty of fish and hydration they usually’re flying they usually’re able to go.”
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) workers released the birds at Butterfly Beach in Montecito on Friday afternoon, and 10 birds had been released final weekend.
There are nonetheless about 50 sick pelicans nonetheless in care on the SBWCN facility, however officers mentioned that they appear to be responding nicely to their remedy and are hopeful that they may be capable of launch extra of the birds quickly.
The facility remains to be taking pelicans in “right here and there,” however workers mentioned it was not practically as many pelican sufferers as earlier than.
Officials mentioned that they consider the worst of the pelican pandemic is over, however they’re nonetheless not sure what was responsible for the sickness.