Environment & Science

Slashed pelican recovers fast, will be released near the LA harbor

This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif.
This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif.
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 A bird rescue organization says a pelican found with its pouch slashed in Long Beach has made an incredibly fast recovery and can be released.

Pink, a California brown pelican nicknamed for the color of its leg band, was found wounded on April 16. It took two surgeries and about 600 stitches to sew Pink up.

As of now,  there is a total $20,000 contribution from various donors toward a reward for information  leading to the arrest and conviction of Pink's attacker.

Rebecca Duerr,  a veterinarian at International Bird Rescue, says Pink is healed and ready to live in the wild. The organization plans to release Pink on Tuesday in a park near the Los Angeles harbor.