Hook line and sinker
We are on lockdown with our newest intake, Cheeky the pelican. Cheeky, a juvenile brown pelican, has had a rough go at life so far. She was found with a hook in her bill, fishing line wrapping around her beak along with a sinker dangling from it all. Thankfully, a good samaritan saw the danger the bird was in and called us to come assist. On scene we freed her of the hook, line, and sinker, but acting on advice from Belize Bird Rescue we decided to take her home for further evaluation before release, and boy are we glad we did! The poor bird has another hook lodged deep in her wing, which has been there for so long that scar tissue has formed around it locking it in place, making removal not possible without the assistance of a vet. We are riding out lockdown and keeping her hydrated, fed, and safe and once all is cleared, she will be sent to the vet and Belize Bird Rescue for further care.
Hooks can lead to nasty infections and fishing line can entangle wildlife, both can end up being fatal to an innocent animal. If you or anyone you know accidentally hooks wildlife while fishing, please contact a rescue group and do not just cut the line. For San Pedro and Caye Caulker, you can contact ACES at 623-7920. If you live elsewhere, you can always contact us and we can connect you with a rescue group in your area. Thank you to Cheeky’s savior who called for her rescue. She is on her way to recovery and a wild life again because you were her voice! ACES is a non-profit organization and relies on donations for our operations to continue. If you are able to donate in this time of need, you can do so through our website, AmericanCrocodileSanctuary.org. Thank you and stay safe!!