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Injured pelicans washing up on NC beaches again

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) — Officials say pelicans with injuries similar to those seen last winter are washing up on Onslow Beach and have been reported on another beach along the southeastern North Carolina coast.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that Toni O’Neil of Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary says three healthy looking pelicans were taken to the sanctuary after washing ashore at Onslow Beach with shattered wings. All three were euthanized.

Four more pelicans with similar injuries were brought to O’Neil last weekend to be euthanized.

A biologist said three pelicans with broken wings were found dead on North Topsail Beach within the last week. Grant said he found one pelican with a broken wing on Nov. 21 and two on Monday.

Last November, North Topsail Beach documented more than 60 pelican deaths.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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