PETA Rescues Wind-Battered Pelicans As Hurricane Dorian Hits East Coast

Hurricane Dorian is churning up the East Coast of the U.S., endangering the lives of humans and animals in its path—which means that PETA’s emergency team is on the ground ready to rescue animals in need.

Our fieldworkers sprang into action after receiving a report of a pelican who was stranded—and unable to fly—on a busy bridge in Virginia Beach, Virginia, near PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk. Our first responders found the bird huddled on the sidewalk and scooped the animal up. During the rescue, they discovered four more pelicans who were wind-battered and disoriented, struggling to take flight in the middle of the road as cars whizzed past.

The PETA team took the exhausted birds to a local rehabber, who treated one for exposed tendons on her wing and the rest for cuts and scrapes. Once they recover (and Hurricane Dorian passes), they’ll be released back into the wild.

Check back for updates as rescue efforts develop.

What You Can Do

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