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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
CROW Case Of The Week:
Curious Brown Pelican
by Patricia Molloy
Oneof the most beloved
seabirds in North
America is the brown
pelican (Pelecanus occidentali).
These comically graceful avians
waddle awkwardly on land, yet
fly and dive with unparalleled
grace. They have long bills with
expandable pouches that can
hold more than their bellies can.
And their dark, probing eyes
convey a curiosity and intellect.
A brown pelican (patient #15-2354) was recently
admitted to CROW after being found down and
depressed. “He came in with some hook wounds,”
explained Dr. Allison Daugherty, DVM intern. The
bird was anesthetized so that the multiple wounds
could be thoroughly cleaned and debrided. Bandages
were placed on both wings.
“I couldn’t find much scabbing on his left flank. I
really think he’d be OK to go outside pretty soon, but I
think he’s not eating on his own yet. Hopefully he will
once he’s outside,” said Dr. Molly. In addition to being
force-fed nutrient-rich food, the pelican is receiving
iron supplements and subcutaneous (under the skin)
CROW is in the precarious position of treating
infirm wildlife while limiting human contact as much
as possible. This is to ensure that the patients do not
become accustom to people so that they can success-
fully survive upon return to their natural habitats. Staff,
students and volunteers undergo extensive training to
ensure that proper procedure is followed at all times.
These rules that are meant to minimize the stress of
captivity for its wild patients, however, some patients
are more curious than stressed.
As pelicans are seabirds, CROW’s staff ensured
that he had daily “tub time.” In addition to being good
physical therapy, it allows them to monitor the bird’s
strength and stamina at a safe distance without caus-
ing undue stress. During a recent tub time session, two
students took the opportunity to thoroughly clean the
pelican’s cage. No sooner had they turned their backs
to tidy-up, they heard a splash, followed by a soft “ker-
thunk.” They turned around to find that the curious
pelican had hopped from the water onto the edge of
the tub in order to obtain a better view of their activi-
ties. The pelican was quickly and gently encouraged to
return to the water, then the curtain was drawn to give
the students – and the patient – a bit of privacy. It was
a comical reminder even the best-laid protocols can
be foiled by the unpredictable behavior – and curious
nature – of the clinic’s wildlife patients.
As Drs. Allison and Molly explained, the patient
will soon be moved to the pelican complex, a secluded
outdoor enclosure with a large pool surrounded by
plenty of sand. It will continue to be fed nutrient-rich
food each day, and its progress will be evaluated and
documented. Thanks to the excellent care it is receiv-
ing at CROW, the brown pelican is well on its way to
The patients at CROW do not have health insur-
ance. If you would like to help with the cost of care
for this brown pelican, go to www.crowclinic.org and
make a donation toward patient #15-2354.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife,
Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing vet-
erinary care for native and migratory wildlife from
our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven
days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations
to P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644
or visit www.crowclinic.org.
The curious pelican took a break from “tub time” to quietly
observe the two students who were cleaning its cage
Rosemary Hope Robinson, 80,
of Bonita Springs, passed away
on August 27, 2015. Formerly
of Simsbury, Connecticut, she moved
to Florida in 1982, living in Sanibel,
Fort Myers and, most recently, Bonita
Springs. She was born September 16,
1934 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the
daughter of J. William and Mildred C.
(née Donnelly) Hope.
Rosemary grew up in Fairfield,
Connecticut. She was a graduate of
Unquowa School in Fairfield, Covenant
of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich,
Connecticut, and Marymount College
in Tarrytown, New York. Her favorite
summers were as a young mother spent
on Fairfield Beach with her daughters,
sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Her love of the beach brought her and
her husband of 28 years, Leo, to Sanibel
Island in 1982, where she was a real
estate professional for 25 years.
Robinson is survived by her lov-
ing daughters, MaryLynn (David)
Shepherd of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio,
Rosemary “Kim” (Michael) McDonnell
of Burlington, Connecticut, Hope A.
Zicari of Rochester, New York, Amy
Sanislo of Bonita Springs; stepdaughter,
Pamela Robinson of Kittery, Maine; her
sister, Justine Hope Dunn of Trumbull,
Connecticut; and seven cherished grand-
children, Alicia Hope, James “Chip”,
Chelsea, Katelyn, Scott, Geoffrey and
Isabella Hope; and many nieces, neph-
ews, cousins and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her
parents, her beloved husband, Leo F.
Robinson, and her sister, Patricia Forbes.
There will be a private service at St.
Isabel Catholic Church on Sanibel Island,
Florida at a future date.
The family wishes to express their
appreciation for the thoughts and prayers
of so many friends at this difficult time.
Online condolences may be offered at
Pure Florida will provide a hands-
on learning experience during
its Marine Science Cruise in Fort
Myers on September 5 from 10:30
a.m. to noon. Children in first through
seventh grade are invited aboard the
Fort Myers-based M/V Edison Explorer
to participate in activities that encourage
creativity, problem solving, teamwork
and critical thinking as they experience
and learn about the Southwest Florida
The 1.5-hour cruise will sail out to
the Caloosahatchee, where children will
work in groups to test local waterways
for water temperature, salinity levels, pH,
nitrate, ammonia and phosphate levels,
and complete other related activities. The
cruise will showcase Southwest Florida
ecosystems and the wildlife native to the
area, providing the opportunity for stu-
dents to connect the subject matter taught
in school with their firsthand experience
on the water.
The upcoming Marine Science Cruise
will depart from The Marina at Edison
Ford, located at 2360 W. First Street
in Fort Myers. Space is open to the
public and tickets for the educational
cruise are $15 for children and $25 for
adults. To make your reservation, or for
more information on Pure Florida and
its cruises, visit www.PureFL.com or call
ROSEMARY HOPE ROBINSON
Pure Fort Myers’ Edison Explorer
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