Lucky the pelican’s impressive scar after an hour-long surgery to repair his neck pouch. Picture: Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast/Facebook
Lucky the pelican’s impressive scar after an hour-long surgery to repair his neck pouch. Picture: Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast/Facebook

Lucky the pelican survives shark attack

LUCKY the pelican is recovering at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary after being attacked by a shark in a Gold Coast waterway.

The bird required 200 stitches to repair a large tear in his neck pouch. He was also treated for puncture wounds to his back and other parts of the body

Wild Bird Rescues' Rowley Goonan said a tear to the pouch indicated a shark attack.

Lucky was caught by members of the public at Jumpinpin Bar using a net. He was taken to the animal hospital by Mr Goonan.

"He was very lucky," Mr Goonan said.

Vet nurse Lewis McKillop with Lucky the pelican that survived a suspected shark attack on the Gold Coast. Lucky had surgery on Wednesday and received 200 stitches in his neck pouch. Photo: Richard Gosling
Vet nurse Lewis McKillop with Lucky the pelican that survived a suspected shark attack on the Gold Coast. Lucky had surgery on Wednesday and received 200 stitches in his neck pouch. Photo: Richard Gosling

"About 12 months ago there was another pelican we believe was attacked by a shark in the same area."

Mr Goonan said Lucky was likely dipping his head under the water to find fish when he was attacked.

"There is a very real chance that many of those birds never survive, so we don't see them."

Last year 55 pelicans were brought into the hospital for hook injuries or botulism.

News Corp Australia


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