Sheriff deputies in Florida came to the rescue of an ailing pelican after it bit off more than it could chew.
Animal Services Officer Heather Belknap was able to catch the bird, and right away realized it wasn’t sick – it just had something stuck in its throat and needed help.
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Partner Kimberly Guile held the bird while Belknap pried open its beak, and discovered the pelican had been a bit too ambitious with its lunch plans.
A huge fish head – bigger than the officer’s hand and far too big for the bird to swallow – was causing the pelican to choke.
Belknap reached into the bird’s mouth and quickly pulled out the super-sized sushi.
“The pelican immediately displayed signs of relief,” reported the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, which posted photos of the rescue effort to its Facebook page, including happy bird’s release.
(SEE the giant fish head at the MCSO Facebook Page)
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