Pelicans rescued during Hurricane Dorian set free

Remember those injured pelicans rescued during Hurricane Dorian?

The folks with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, scooped up five stranded birds from a bridge in Virginia Beach, Virginia in September.

The birds were nursed back to health by Tidewater Rehabilitation & Environmental Education (TREE), where one was treated for exposed tendons in her wing and the rest for cuts and scrapes.

Those birds, and more than a dozen others, also called TREE their temporary home while they were rehabilitated.

Now, the entire group of birds has been released.

The release was a success.

“The breathtaking sight of once wind-battered birds soaring high together above the bay is a reminder of how rewarding rescuing animals can be,” PETA vice president Colleen O’Brien said in a statement. “PETA urges everyone to remember that natural disasters affect all our neighbors—and to keep an eye out for wildlife in need.”

A wonderful sight, documented by Pam Monahan.

This is the “farewell flyover” at Lynnhaven Inlet Boat Ramp. Pam Monahan/Facebook

Photos Pam Monahan/TREE/Facebook

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