The reward for information leading to whoever was responsible for mutilating a brown pelican, leaving it flopping and unable to feed for days in Long Beach, has doubled to $20,000, rescuers announced Thursday.
The fate of the brown pelican, which was found on Ocean Boulevard April 16 in Long Beach with an ear-to-ear gash across its pouch, has outraged many animal lovers, prompting multiple anonymous donors to contribute to the reward fund.
The latest boost in funding came from an anonymous donor in Southern California, according to International Bird Rescue, which is caring for the pelican at its center in San Pedro.
The organization also announced that the
Over the past five days, the pelican -- identified as "Pink" because of a band around her leg -- has undergone two surgeries by International Bird Rescue staff veterinarian Rebecca Duerr, the organization said. The pelican was under anesthesia for a total six hours as Duerr completed hundreds of stitches to repair the injury.