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Pelican found shot in Texas now ‘thriving’ at Bronx Zoo

After a tough time down south, this bird is making a new life for itself in New York City.

Amos, an American white pelican, was shot in 2016, sustaining injuries to both wings. While he’ll never be able to fly again, now that he’s recovered, he’s found a new home at the Bronx Zoo.

“He has a big personality,” the Bronx Zoo wrote in a Twitter thread detailing Amos’ rescue story. “Because of his personality, he was an instant favorite among his keepers and visitors!” 

Amos was discovered in a rough state in the port of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2016, with his wings too droopy to fly. After being brought to the Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue Center, radiographs found that he had been shot, likely while in flight, and both of his wings were broken.

He underwent surgery, and though the veterinarians did their best, he still cannot extend his right wing fully and will never fly again.

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Amos is reportedly very charismatic.
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While Amos will never be released back into the wild, he responded well to the surgery and became very popular with humans he met while at the Texas State Aquarium during his year of recovery.

“With the critical care and rehabilitation, along with his enthusiasm, we were able to return his health,” the aquarium’s COO said in a press release.

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Radiographs revealed that Amos was shot in both wings, likely while flying.
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Now fully recovered, Amos has moved north to his new home in The Bronx, where he has joined the zoo’s almost 200-animal strong Animal Ambassador Program. As an Animal Ambassador, Amos is tasked with meeting students and families and generating awareness of his journey.

“His story will help people form a connection with nature and wildlife,” the zoo concluded the thread. 

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Amos had a tough time down south, but since moving to New York City he has reportedly been “thriving.”
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“This is an excellent example of accredited zoos and aquariums working together to save an animal that was negatively impacted by the deliberate action of people,” said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny in the release. “Amos was in bad shape, but thanks to excellent work of the animal care staff at the Texas State Aquarium and Bronx Zoo, this charismatic bird is thriving and will help us further our mission through his story.”

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Amos will never fly again, but he is adjusting well to his new home at the Bronx Zoo.
Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

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