12 pelicans found starving on Orange County beaches ready for release

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Twelve brown pelicans admitted to local rehabilitation centers because they were found starving on Orange County beaches will be released in Corona del Mar on Friday.

Large groups of sickened pelicans began showing up in Newport Beach around April 28. 

“The exact cause of why hundreds of these birds stranded on our beaches is still a mystery,” the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) stated. “We do know that they presented in starvation mode, with critically low body temperatures, suffering from dehydration, emaciation and slews of parasites.”

Recovering pelicans are seen at the Wetlands Wildlife Care Center. (WWCC via Facebook)

Many of the pelicans have recovered after being treated with fluids, medication and “tons of fish,” the WWCC stated.

Some birds that arrived with secondary issues such as skeletal abnormalities or infections are still being treated and are not ready for release.

The 12 brown pelicans who are “ready to go” will be released at Big Corona on Corona del Mar State Park Beach at noon Friday.

Donations to the nonprofit Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center can be made on its website.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.