Save the Birds
Pelicans and other water birds receive life-saving care at Houston SPCA after December freeze
Following December's late freeze, Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas has been taking in ill or injured juvenile brown pelicans and other water birds to nurture back to health.
The birds' injuries have included mild frostbite, emaciation, and parasites. When pelicans have to dive deeper into frigid waters during the winter months when food is scarce, it can cause frostbite.
Currently, several pelicans are on antibiotics and eating anchovies as well as smelt, while others are receiving pain medication and tube feedings due to injuries sustained in the wild.
Even though it's warmed up a bit, residents should continue to keep an eye out for native wildlife that may be ill, injured, or orphaned.
If any are spotted, bring them to the Wildlife Center as soon as possible. More information on what to do with injured wildlife can be found at HoustonSPCA.org.
The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas is one of the nation’s largest wildlife rehabilitation centers. They care for more than 12,000 ill, orphaned, and injured wild animals annually.
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