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Stowaway Pelican from Holland Island, Md., Injured On Cruise Ship, Being Treated In Tampa, Fla.

6:20 PM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla.  (WUSA) - An injured pelican that landed on a cruise ship out of Maryland is now being treated at emergency vet hospital in Tampa, according to a Hillsborough County Animal Services officer.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa Thursday.

The pelican apparently injured itself by flying into part of the cruise ship's superstructure after the bird had landed on the ship.

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners avian and exotics medicine team are still treating the bird for dehydration. They also determined that the bird has a minor wing injury that will require rehabilitation.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey Bird Banding Laboratory, the bird was originally banded in Holland Island, Md., on Sept. 7, 2012.

The Coast Guard said the only cruise ship to arrive at the Port of Tampa on Thursday was Royal Caribbean International's Jewel of the Seas.

According to Royal Caribbean International, the pelican landed on deck 12 of the port-side of Jewel of the Seas shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The ship was returning to its seasonal homeport of Tampa after stopping in Cozumel, Mexico, on Christmas Day.

Royal Caribbean International staff transferred the injured bird to Hillsborough County Animal Services during a port call in Tampa, Thursday morning.

The pelican is scheduled to be transferred to a sanctuary on Friday where it will receive rehabilitation treatment.

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