PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - He's been through a lot of agony and stress in the past few weeks, but a badly injured pelican is about to be returned to the wild.
The 3-year-old has been in the caring hands of Wildlife Care and Rescue Center since Aug. 3. That's when the pelican was captured at Pass Christian Harbor, suffering from a foot-long laceration to his feeding pouch.
Wildlife caregivers are convinced someone deliberately sliced the bird because the cut was so clean.
"That's really sad," said Billy Payne, who rescued the pelican. "I just can't understand why a fisherman or anyone else would do such a thing."
Two surgeries later, the bird is greatly improved and healthy enough to return to the wild. He'll be set free at the Pass Christian Harbor this Saturday at 11 a.m.
Steve Phillips will tell you all about the pelican's journey to recovery tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.