2 pelicans stranded in Iowa inseparableUPDATED 2:26 AM HST Dec 31, 2013Video Transcript
11:58 "SHE DOES BETTER WHEN HE'S AROUND." 59 Two best buddies stuck together through the Iowa winter cold-- And now they're helping each other heal -- Our Vanessa Peng shows us how two pelicans are getting a second chance at the Iowa State University Wildlife Care Clinic. New at 6. They should be long gone -- to warmer climates -- but now they're slowly healing in Iowa -- together. 25:34 at door squawking Where one goes -- the other follows -- Andrea Moeller, Wildlife Care Clinic Staff Member 22:08 "THEY'LL HANG OUT TOGETHER THEY'LL EAT TOGETHER." 10 These pelicans even braved the bitter winter cold together. Lacey Slutts, Exotics Wildlife and Zoo Intern 11:02 "WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE WEREN'T ANY OTHER BIRDS AROUND." 04 Found together at a frozen pond near Iowa City unable to fly and migrate out of town like other pelicans had already-- Lacey Slutts, Exotics Wildlife and Zoo Intern14:22 "THEY PROBABLY STAYED TO HELP EACH OTHER OUT." 25 -- the larger one with a amputated left wing -- the smaller one with a drooped left wing. Lacey Slutts, Exotics Wildlife and Zoo Intern 15:26 "IT IS REMARKABLE THAT THEY WANTED TO HANG CLOSE TO EACH OTHER." 29 Even at the pelican hospital. They've been at the Iowa State University Wildlife Care Clinic -- since December 14th. Andrea Moeller, Wildlife Care Clinic Staff Member 22:28 "WE CAN'T KEEP THEM SEPARATED FOR TOO LONG OR ELSE THEY GET A LITTLE ANXIOUS WHERE THE OTHER ONE IS." 34 To get better, the big pelican receives antibiotics and pain medication, the smaller one does physical therapy. standup 38;14 "NOW THE PELICANS DON'T REALLY LIKE FISH FILLETS LIKE WE DO. AS YOU CAN STILL THEY'RE STILL HERE AND THEY'RE NOT EATING THEM. BUT THEY DO LOVE LIVE FISH." 22 21:26 BLUEGILL 21:50 "THEY LOVE MINNOWS, TOO." As you can see in this video... 31;45 nats of beak snapping they are picky -- vets say its likely the small one will be released back into the wild -- they don't know about the large one, but they say it's worth it to deal with the inseparable pair and their picky eating habits. Lacey Slutts, Exotics Wildlife and Zoo Intern 18:00 WE OFTEN CAUSE THEIR INJURIES OR ILLNESSES SO WE WANT TO DO OUR BEST TO RECTIFY THAT." 18:05 33:53 snapping at cam mic NATS Clinic officials don't know their relationship -- they say they might be litter mates. As for the issue of their food -- the Clinic is looking for donations of live fish -- you can find out how by calling 515-294-4009.