Man Prescribes Injured Pelican Some Bed Rest And A Kiddie Pool

An injured pelican can fly again thanks to a kind man who took her in and offered her the right mix of care and rest.

Naude Dreyer, owner of Pelican Point Kayaking Namibia and co-founder of Ocean Conservation Namibia, is used to caring for wild animals in need, so he didn’t think twice when he received a call about a wild pelican in need of some help.

Photo: YouTube/The Dodo

In an interview with The Dodo, Naude explained that he found the pelican at a lagoon and noticed the bird was unable to fly. Not only that, but she was also rather friendly and strangely receptive to his help.

After scooping her up and bringing her home, Naude examined the bird, who he named Elsa, and determined she was suffering from an injured wing that had multiple small fractures.
got a call about an injured pelican

Photo: YouTube/The Dodo

He prescribed the wild pelican bed rest and situated her with a comfortable kiddie pool to bask in.

From there, he monitored her as she ate and drank, and he even snuck some medication into her food.

As Naude shared with The Dodo, eventually, Elsa started showing signs of improvement and it seemed like she was trying to fly. The bird was flapping her wings and practicing take-off, which Naude took as a positive sign that she was almost ready for release.

Photo: YouTube/The Dodo

Eventually, the big day came and Naude drove Elsa down to the lagoon and said one parting farewell before helping her take-off into the air. Elsa flapped her wings and flew away. It was a beautiful moment and one Naude is more than thankful for.

You can watch Elsa’s rescue and return to the wild in the video below:

You can keep up with Naude’s life and conservation efforts, including animal rescues and rehabilitation, on Instagram, @namib_naude.

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