South Florida

Wildlife Center Clears Brown Pelican for Takeoff After Surgery

A pelican who was rescued by a local fisherman in March was released back to nature on Thursday.

The pelican was admitted to the South Florida Wildlife Center, suffering from loss of vision in his left eye due to a severe cataract.

The SFWC enlisted the help of Dr. Robert Swinger of Premier Veterinary Specialties to perform pro-bono cataract surgery.

After several months of rehabilitation and veterinary care at the SFWC, the pelican's vision has returned and he was cleared for takeoff.

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