Two dozen baby pelicans that washed up from islands in the panhandle during Tropical Storm Debby now flap their infant wings and squawk for mullet at the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary, as reported by Local 6 partner Florida Today.
Panhandle bird rescuers flooded out by the storm had to evacuate, so they delivered 11 of the pelicans last week and another 12 Sunday.
“They all look pretty healthy,” Sue Small, the Florida Wildlife Hospital’s director told Florida Today.
The baby birds will spend several months at the sanctuary until they are grown enough to be let go back into the wild.
Rescuers at the hospital say they need donations of mullet and other minnows to feed the pelicans. Anglers can deliver buckets of fresh fish or freeze them and put them inside plastic zip-sealed bags.