While there is a statue of a pelican in front of Anthony Hall, these large birds are rarely seen on University of California Berkeley's campus, but a unique visitor was spotted earlier this month. According to Berkeleyside, the adult brown pelican was spotted outside Sproul Hall in early April, but even just a few minutes of observation showed the bird wasn't well - despite students walking just a few feet away, the pelican wasn't moving or showing interest in its surroundings.
Fortunately, one of those passing students, Mara Guccione, was a wildlife responder for International Bird Rescue, and her quick actions to capture the bird and take it to the rescue have helped save its life. The bird was determined to be weak and underweight, but its recovery began well and it will be released soon.
College campuses can be great places for urban bird watching - share your scholarly sightings in the comments!
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