When hunger called, this pelican answered. But it was far from a typical meal.
He literally picked up a phone.
While hanging out at a marina in Florida last month, the pelican noticed a woman holding what he thought was a tasty fish free for the taking. Evidently, in what must have been a swift chomp, he grabbed it and gobbled it up.
Thing is, it wasn’t a fish. It was the woman’s cell phone.
As you’ll see, saving the pelican from that potentially fatal meal meant getting their hands dirty:
That icky procedure was all that was needed. The phone reportedly no longer worked after that, but its unwitting eater was back on his feet in no time.
“The pelican is well and was released,” Jordan Budnik, director of the rehab center, told The Dodo.
Rescuers hope that the public will be more mindful about not feeding wildlife, to avoid animals associating people with free food — likely the cause of this pelican’s mealtime snafu. But fortunately, things were (mostly) set right for both the bird and the cell phone’s owner.
In the end, though it was broken, she did get her phone back.