A pair of pelicans became the first waterfowl who will move to the new building in Wildlife Haven.
One of the two pelicans was found in September. It was very small, weak and could not fly. Volunteers fed him through a tube and tried to save his life in every way.
"What we figured happened is that the flock started to migrate south and this young pelican got away from the flock and was grounded and was too weak to keep going and survive," said Zoé Nakata, executive director of the centre.
The second pelican was found in December, and it was a very big surprise why the pelican was still in Manitoba because they fly to the south for the winter. Besides that, the pelican was in great shape and could physically bear the flight.
Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre created a new building where both pelicans will be living. The new building is very large, it has two pools and heating. The birds will feel really great there.
This winter will be the first when pelicans live in a rehabilitation center, there were no suitable conditions for them before.
"This year we did keep the pelicans, knowing that the move to the new building was imminent," Nakata said.
Earlier the centre transferred these birds to other organizations that had all the necessary conditions for keeping the birds.
Wildlife Haven plans to move to a new building in January. It will significantly increase their ability to help not only waterfowl but also many other animals.
"We'll know that we'll be able to give the best care possible to all of our injured and sick wildlife and also be much more comfortable for our staff and volunteers."