Roving Reporter | "The Unsinkable Molly Pelican" by Jeanette Larson (with Video & Photos Courtesy of Kay Adams)

Examining Molly for injuries
Photos courtesy of Kay Adams

Less than two weeks ago Wings Rescue Center asked the community for help in locating and catching an injured brown pelican. Calls were received from boaters, fishermen, and others with sightings of the pelican in Holiday Beach and other locales.

With the help of concerned folks who were at the Copano kayak launch, Wings President, Kay Adams was finally able to catch Molly, as she is now called. Molly was transported to Texas Sealife Center in Corpus Christi for veterinary care and rehabilitation. She had extensive injuries, including a lodged fishing hook, and damage to her pouch which made it difficult for her to catch food. Those injuries have now been repaired.

Although she could fly and swim, she is missing most of her top beak and was depending on the kindness of locals to throw her a fish. Dr. Tim Tristan with Texas Sealife Center is monitoring Molly's condition and will determine if a prosthetic upper beak is needed.

Molly's sweet nature and determination to keep going even with all her injuries has captured the hearts of Wings volunteers and the veterinarian and staff at Texas Sealife Center. Unfortunately even with great veterinary care and rehabilitation, Molly will never be able to be released back into the wild. Wings will find a permanent home for her. Wings Rescue Center is still looking for land and a building for a physical location. With a Rockport-based rehabilitation center birds could be cared for locally.

Photos & Video courtesy of Kay Adams

Dr. Tristan shows the hook removed from Molly's pouch

Molly enjoys a morning swim during rehabilitation

Jeanette Larson is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.

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