Hurricane Dorian is churning up the East Coast of the U.S., endangering the lives of humans and animals in its path—which means that PETA’s emergency team is on the ground ready to rescue animals in need.
RESCUED! PETA's Emergency Rescue team wasted NO time leaping into action after receiving a report of a pelican who was unable to fly & stranded on a bridge in the middle of #HurricaneDorian.
Four more wind-battered birds were found and all were brought to safety. pic.twitter.com/mYjybdHVVq
— PETA (@peta) September 6, 2019
Our fieldworkers sprang into action after receiving a report of a pelican who was stranded—and unable to fly—on a busy bridge in Virginia Beach, Virginia, near PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk. Our first responders found the bird huddled on the sidewalk and scooped the animal up. During the rescue, they discovered four more pelicans who were wind-battered and disoriented, struggling to take flight in the middle of the road as cars whizzed past.
Emergency tips! #HurricaneDorian is coming and there is very little time to evacuate. Make sure you’re ready to take your companion animals with you! https://t.co/4SM1uaEhJe pic.twitter.com/dB2g7tFcPv
— PETA (@peta) August 29, 2019
The PETA team took the exhausted birds to a local rehabber, who treated one for exposed tendons on her wing and the rest for cuts and scrapes. Once they recover (and Hurricane Dorian passes), they’ll be released back into the wild.
Check back for updates as rescue efforts develop.
What You Can Do
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