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Starving pelicans in the Florida Keys

Dozens of sick and starving wild pelicans have been  found in the Florida Keys.
   
 A healthy pelican dives into the water to catch his fish, it's a sight to behold.

But here at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier, these pelicans are being hand fed by the centers rehabilitators and nursed back to health.
    They're very cold weak and emaciated, they're not getting food.

Since Jan. 1st the center's gotten more than 25 starving brown pelicans, more than twice the number of pelicans they usually have this time of year.
    That kind of basically gives us an idea that they're not finding food out there.

The rehabilitators say there is an imbalance in our ecosystem and the pelicans are suffering because there's not enough food out there for them. They're showing up at marinas and on docks
    Looking for handouts and they're so weak you can just pick them up.

And because of the high numbers of injured birds the center is running low on supplies.
    They're in need of towels, laundry detergent, heat lamps, heating pads, sheets, and blankets

But with the public's help the center hopes to get the pelicans weight up and get them released into the wild as quickly as possible.

"I'd like to see them outside thriving.  Being able to watch them fly and dive for fish, it's really cool if you've seen it."