Felix was brought to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital as he was found with a fish hook embedded in his neck.
This type of injuries is unfortunately something we see regularly as our seabirds are often feeding in areas surrounded by discarded fishing line and hooks.
Felix is a large male at 6.3 kilograms and has a wingspan of 2.5 meters. Throughout his stay at the Wildlife Hospital, Felix has had surgery to remove the fishing hook from his neck and has been treated with pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication to make him feel comfortable throughout his recovery. Felix is making a fantastic recovery and has a hearty appetite, feeding on roughly 1 kilo of mullet each day.
Pelicans are majestic creatures that are commonly seen in large groups near creeks and coastal areas throughout Australia. They have a large stretchy membrane under their beak referred to as a pouch, this is used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing.
It is so important when we go out fishing, that we dispose of any hooks or fishing line before we head home for the day to keep our wildlife safe.
You can help patients like Felix by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
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