While in Montanito, an Ecuadorian told me his family rescued an injured pelican who became a household friend and would rush to greet them when they came home. He was something of a “Watch Pelican”. When strangers came by he would stretch out his four foot wings, inflate his throat and try to seem menacing. When it was clear the stranger was OK he would then act friendly. The Pelican was ultimately given to a bird sanctuary because it was too expensive – it ate 12 pounds of fish a week.
Pelicans have long made self-interested friends with fishermen. Recognizing their amigos and landing on their boats everyday hoping for a gift fish or two. Don’t underestimate animal intelligence and empathy. I’m posting a couple photos of a pelican and dog who were best friends. The Pelican is feeding his friend, the dog, like it were a chick.
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