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Pelican Rescue Zeekoevlei

23 Sep 2009 Posted by in Environment, News and Events | 4 comments

The rescue team

The rescue team

So there we were doing a high speed run past the power boat club on Sat 19 Sep 2009. My young crew of Liam,Jordan,
Jamie, Byron and Ashwin were egging me on to go faster. As we passed the rowing club, a young group of  “girl” rowers started waving at us. We thought we were so cool. Well we finished our run somewhere in the middle of the vlei where we
Stopped for the customary beer and cool drinks.

I felt there was something on the go though. I told the guys to stash the drinks as we were being summoned.
I proceeded to the rowing club with a bunch of exited boys to see what was on the go. We were told that there was a pelican caught up in fishing line that needed to be rescued. So off we went to free the bird.  Byron said he would catch
the bird and cut it free. I got as close as I could and told Byron and the boys to catch the bird. Well as soon as they were about to reach out to grab it, the pelican opened its beak and spread its wings and the boys all shot off to the back of the boat.

Nat. Cons at work

Nat. Cons at work

Nat Cons team to the rescue

Nat Cons team to the rescue

I then saw the nature conservation guys on the side of the vlei chest deep in water. We proceeded to fetch them for some expert advice. They got on board and we chased the bird down with a throw net.

Netting the Pelican

Netting the Pelican

This did not work too well but somehow

Hanging onto the kwaai end

Hanging onto the kwaai end

They managed to catch it and cut it loose.

Tug of war
Tug of war

The pictures taken were by Jordan of the event.

I am happy to say that the bird survived and we were all very happy.

Back in time for beer

Back in time for beer

Tony Diekmann
Otters Creek.

  1. Charl Marais09-25-09

    This is wonderful to see children aware of the environment, Ive been fishing at Zeekoeivlei for quite a number of years and I always ensure that any fishing line or hooks that get entangled in the reeds are removed. This together with any other litter, however when you mention this to other anglers around the dam they give you the ” Kannie worry” look.
    Our children are the future, hopefully more parents will raise their children to become conscious of what they do and the consequences of our impact on nature.

  2. Simon Cranswick10-08-09

    Byron’s dad……wow this is fantastic…well done guys, Tony I hope the beer was still chilled after all this hot and hard work!

    To the boys…isn’t it great to feel you have made a real contribution to a wild bird/animal in distress? And to think that the stress itself was caused by none other than some inconsiderate, self centred human being.

    By the way fantastic to see this web site…whoever is behind it ….CONGRATS!

  3. Theo Stock11-09-09

    Great Stuff ! Over the last few years, my kids and I have rescued a Darter, Great Crested Grebe and a Reed Cormorant. The Darter and Cormorant were both quite scary and drew quite a bit of blood in the process.

    The Cormorant had no less than three hooks in it, one of which was right through the fleshy bit of the one wing. I had to snap the hook to take it out.

    I agree Simon – great web site !

  4. Harry12-08-09

    nice job for you guys..you has save the earth with saving that pelicans. if any body in the earth can doing so, i think no one of the species can be endangered..wish you bless with God..

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