To those saying, too bad they didn't get the hook out. Don't worry, the hook will rust out, surprisingly in not much time at all. The line however
will not. I think the divers knew this and were more concerned with the line. I'm sure the little guy will be just fine thanks to those divers and the
trust it had in them.
Quick story...... A friend and myself once removed about 40 yards of line from a pelican. Poor guy had it tangled so bad that he couldn't move an
inch even if the other end of the line wasn't wrapped around a mangrove tree.
After about 45 min of careful cutting we were able to free him of the mess that some jerk left behind. He seemed to be okay (only a couple small cuts)
so we let him be and walked back across the sand bar to where we left the boat.
He followed us to the boat and even tried to get in it. We laughed and joked that one of us is going to have a new pet but soon we realized that he
couldn't fly. So we picked him up, put him in the boat and decided to take him to the local wildlife rescue center. They took him in without
hesitation and thanked us. It was good to know that there're people like them that are trained and willing to help these wonderful creatures.
The thing about our experience that I will never forget, is how calm the pelican was the entire time. We first noticed it because it was flapping
it's wing when it was struggling to get free from the line, but as soon as we started helping it and all the way to the rescue center it felt safe. I
truly believe that it somehow knew we wanted to help it and when we walked back to the boat it was still in need of help so it followed us knowing we
could provide that help.
My friend lives not far from the rescue center and went back to see if the pelican recovered. He became friends with the staff and continues to
visit there still to this day. He said the pelican recovered and is now sort of a pet to everyone at the wildlife center. It never goes far from there
and always returns but sadly, this may be due to it's difficulty flying. He can fly but not as good or far as he should be able to because of his
injuries from the line.
Thanks for posting the vid. It's always nice to see something nice.
Oh, I forgot to add. That elephant is amazing!
It can paint better than most people, including myself.
edit on 24-1-2013 by silverking
because: Sorry forgot to comment on elephant vid.