(Ames) The wild animal care clinic at ISU has a couple of unusual patients, two injured pelicans, recently found in icy water in Iowa City. One is missing a wing, the other has a severely damaged wing. Paige Niel says it's challenging to nurse them back to health because of their size.
"The larger bird stands 3 feet tall and our cages aren't that big, so we let them have the run of the clinic. In exchange, they make the clinic messy," states Niel.
The other challenge, is the pelicans' appetite. They eat four pounds of fish each day. Staffers buy some of that locally, and ice fishermen are helping to stock their freezer. The wildlife care clinic is a non-profit organization at the ISU Veterinary Medicine College.
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