Over 30 brown pelicans have been mutilated and attacked in Southern California, Associated Press reports. 32 injured birds have been found between San Clemente and Huntington Beach along the coast over the past 8 months.
22 of the rescued pelicans had their wings broken so badly they broke the skin, Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center reported. “We need your help to find whomever is performing this atrocious act,” the center said in a statement. Debbie McGuire, the organization’s executive director said none of the 22 birds with severe compound fractures survived.
Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center operates a rehabilitation facility for the birds. Veterinarians said the mutilated birds coming in are badly hurt. “These are very serious injuries that require emergency surgeries and long term care,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wood, a veterinarian helping the injured animals.
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