Pelicans rescued in Galveston, treated in Houston

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GALVESTON, Texas - Some birds of a feather aren't flocking together after getting tangled up in some trouble in Galveston.

Monday, at least nine pelicans were rescued at Pier 19 that were trapped in fishing line, hooks, and other trash that doesn't belong in the water.

"Most of them are in pretty moderate condition.  One is in severe condition.  I believe it has swallowed a hook so we'll have to probably perform surgery, depending on what the x-rays show us," says Frank Schuman, medical director of Houston SPCA.

Sadly, there are other pelicans that tried to wing it at Pier 19, but didn't make it out of the water alive.

The few lucky birds are being treated at the Wildlife Center of Texas in Houston, where more pelicans are expected to arrive.

Of course they won't be flying in, but they are coming in droves.

Executive director of the Wildlife Center of Texas, Sharon Schmulz says, "We do see hooks and fishing line in them, but not this many I've never seen.  I've been doing this 30 years, I've never seen this many come in at one time."

Thankfully, most of the junk has been removed from the pelicans' bodies.  Hook, line, and sinker.

Just remember, if it's trash to you, the it probably will make whatever is in the water, sea sick.

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