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Forgetful pelicans get frostbite.

Summary: A pod of migrating pelicans, who forgot to migrate south for the winter are being treated for frostbite and malnutrition.

A pod of migrating pelicans, who forgot to migrate south for the winter are being treated for frostbite and malnutrition.

The birds, based in Maryland, USA, were caught off-guard by arctic temperatures and quickly found themselves without the energy to make the flight.

The birds hunkered down on the shoreline, freezing and starving to death, before being rescued by conservationists.

The 29 pelicans are now being treated for frostbite at a Delaware bird rescue facility, where they will spend the winter getting massages, warm-water foot baths, and a choice selection of fish.

One would think such pampering would be a utter delight, even for crotchety and cantankerous birds such as the pelican - but no good deed goes unpunished.

Veterinarian Erica Miller, who is working to restore her ungrateful guests to health said: "They don't like being handled by us because we're doing things they don't like. Me personally, I would love to have a foot soak and foot massage but these guys don't seem to care for it. I guess their feet are a little uncomfortable from the frostbite."

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Date:Jan 20, 2010
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