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Pelican recovering after crashing into cruise ship

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm •  Published: December 28, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — An injured pelican that crashed into a cruise ship is recovering at a Tampa animal hospital.

According to Royal Caribbean officials, the pelican landed on deck 12 of the port-side of Jewel of the Seas on Wednesday. The ship was returning to Tampa after a trip to Mexico. Ship staff captured the injured bird and brought it to Hillsborough County Animal Services the next day.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners are treating the bird for dehydration and a minor wing injury that will require rehabilitation.