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December 23, 2008

With arrow gone, "Pinky" the turkey back to wild

Good news for Pinky the young male wild turkey who had an arrow lodged in its flank for six weeks: It was caught on Friday, treated and released this weekend in Castro Valley.

Rebecca Dmytryk,of WildRescue with her husband Duane Titus should be credited for their determination in capturing the bird. Over the weekend the arrow was removed at IBRRC’s bird center and today the turkey was released back to the same area it was trapped, at Don Castro Regional Park.

The turkey underwent a two hour surgery to remove the arrow at IBRRC’s Fairfield bird center. The embedded arrow was causing the bird to noticeably limp. However, the arrow also was functioning as a splint for its fractured femur.

Pinky is most likely a North American wild turkey, Meleagris gallapavo. Wild turkeys can run at least 12 miles per hour when being pursued. They also can fly over 50 miles per hour, unless they were pinioned at a young age when being raised as domestic birds.

News reports:
Bay City News

Video of Pinky:



January 21, 2008

Daily Breeze editorial: Pelican shot by arrow

Under the ‘we couldn’t have said it much better’ column:

“Few things highlight the capacity for pointless cruelty by humans more than the injured pelican at Encino’s Lake Balboa. Someone shot the poor thing in the beak with an arrow, and now it can’t even eat.

Why someone would torture an elegant creature that beautifies the park is simply unfathomable. But with the bad comes the good. This creature’s suffering has also highlighted the awesome capacity for compassion by humans: Many people are trying to help the pelican survive. The caring people include officials at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro, who have been attempting to track down the ailing bird.

We can only hope that they reach the bird before it succumbs to its injuries – and that the perpetrator is caught before going on to other senseless brutality toward any of God’s creatures.”

– From the Daily Breeze newspaper January 20, 2008 editorial on the blight of an American White Pelican shot in the bill by an arrow. More info on the IBRRC website

January 19, 2008

Searching for pelican with arrow shot in bill

Wildlife capture specialists from International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro are joining forces in attempts to rescue a juvenile American White Pelican near Lake Balboa, shot in the bill by an arrow. The archery arrow pierced the upper and lower portions of the bill, sealing the bird’s mouth shut. It has been this way for over one week. A $2,500 reward is being offered to catch the culprits.

The pelican has been spotted several times over the past week in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, especially at Lake Balboa in Woodley Park in Van Nuys.

A hotline to report the bird’s whereabouts has been created. Please call: 831-869-6241

The Humane Society Of The United States is also offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who shot this federally protected bird.

More info:

Full IBRRC report

Download reward poster

Media reports:

Injured pelican’s time may be running out, Los Angeles Daily News

Pelican With Arrow Through Beak Sought, CBS-TV 2 video report