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Cozumel vets operate on pelican who suffered a fractured wing

Cozumel, Q.R. — A pelican suffering a fractured wing has been rescued and operated on with success. The bird was helped by staff of the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation (FPMC) and island veterinarians after it was spotted injured in a natural park.

Cozumel biologist Rafael Chacón Díaz, director of Conservation and Environmental Education (CEA), explained that FPMC staff reported a pelican in danger due to a limb injury. The bird was rescued from Chankanaab Natural Park where they applied first aid before transferring it to the Cozumel Veterinary Medical Center.

Once there, the pelican was analyzed by veterinarian Julio Gutiérrez Zetina and provided with the special attention needed to repair its fractured wing.

Rafael Chacón said veterinarians operated and were successful in treating the injury. The pelican remains in recovery mode. Once fully healed, it will be released back into its natural habitat.