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Devin Hanson, a rehabilitation technician at International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles Wildlife Center, examines a young, hungry and anemic brown pelican, which is one of nearly 40 pelicans the nonprofit’s LA center had received as of Monday, May 14. Seven of those patients were found in Malibu. Angie Trumbo/International Bird Rescue
Pictured are two of the brown pelicans currently in the care of International Bird Rescue. After nursing ill brown pelicans back to stable conditions, the California Wildlife Center has recently sent several pelicans to the center for longer-term care. Angie Trumbo/International Bird Rescue
Despite this widely publicized Pepperdine graduation incident, it is unusual for pelicans to choose to be near humans, said CWC veterinarian Dr. Duane Tom. In recent weeks, wildlife centers have seen a spike in the number of ill pelicans, with the sea birds exhibiting signs of poor nutrition and more. Photo by Rolf Sohlberg
To date, International Bird Rescue has received nearly 40 ill brown pelicans, including seven from the Malibu area. Lauren Coughlin/22nd Century Media
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
3:44 pm PDT May 10, 2018
Brown pelicans in and around Malibu are exhibiting unusual behavior, prompting a spike in wildlife rescues for the formerly endangered species.