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Second Wave of Mystery Pelican Deaths Hits Topsail Beach, North Carolina


“(WASHINGTON D.C.) – A second wave of mysterious pelican injuries and deaths has occurred in the past several weeks at Topsail Island in North Carolina following earlier incidents about six months ago in which about 250 pelicans died as a result of still undetermined causes.

Necropsies in the fall of 2010 performed at the University of Georgia on the first group of Brown Pelicans were inconclusive as to cause of injury though there was no evidence of toxicological causes such as poisons. The newly found birds have also been sent to the university for analysis.

This recent incident involves about 30 pelicans that washed up on the shores either dead or so badly injured that they had to be euthanized. In an interview with WNCT-TV, Toni O’Neil of the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary commented on the injuries to one bird ‘… [it] looks like a bomb has gone off in the wing. It’s that shattered and smashed so completely’.”  Read more.

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  1. Georganna krivonak
    03/17/2015 at 6:30 PM

    I am a visitor to Holden beach, nc and shell every day. I have been coming to this beach from PA for 17 yrs. Alas, I am dismayed at the number of pelican corpses I have come upon during my daily walks of three miles or so. Never before have I seen dead birds here. So I went on line and learned that dead Pelicans were being found, especially in Topsail. Please put a stop to this. Pelicans are amazing and beautiful

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