NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Two brown pelicans that were swept into Rhode Island by Superstorm Sandy are headed to Florida on borrowed wings.
The Providence Journal reports that wildlife rehabilitators have been nursing the two bruised juvenile pelicans at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island clinic in North Kingstown. The two birds, which have comforted each other and endeared themselves to the staff, lived in an outdoor cage with a pool stocked with fish.
The pelicans are used to a warmer climate and the clinic staff wants to return them to Florida where they will stay at The Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet until they are ready to return to the wild.
The birds couldn't get a commercial flight because their cages are too large. They'll instead fly on a private plane.