PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Marty the pelican is free again. Wild At Heart Rescue released the juvenile bird at the Pass Christian harbor, where it was picked up three weeks ago with a tear in its gullet pouch.
"It's great to have a happy pelican story here in the wake of what happened over the weekend," said director Missy Dubuisson.
She was referring to the death of a young pelican following the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade on Sunday.
A Facebook post that went viral accused some float riders of pelting the bird with beads and causing it to stumble into traffic, where it was run over and killed. That incident sparked an investigation which is ongoing. (Read more about the investigation here: http://bit.ly/1RqdPDK)
As for Marty, he was welcomed back by several other brown pelicans which swooped down on the release site just before he was set free.