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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Patricia Molloy
admitted to CROW
as patient #15-
2613. “When he
came in, he had
wounds in the
perfect shape of
a mouth,” explained Dr. Molly. It was
clear that the attack had come from a
large predator, such as a shark or an
Right away, the severely dehydrated
pelican was given subcutaneous (under
the skin) fluids and a pain medication
to make it more comfortable. Once its
condition was stabilized, it was anesthe-
tized so that radiographs could be taken.
Remarkably, no broken bones were
found. The large bird was then prepped
for surgery so that its wounds could
be thoroughly cleaned and closed with
sutures. After the procedure, the pelican
was placed in a quiet, semi-private room
Continued care for the pelican
includes oral antibiotics and an injectable
antibacterial, both of which are common
treatments to prevent infection. But it
may surprise you what topical substance
is being applied to the pelican’s lacera-
“Medical grade Manuka honey has
antibacterial, pro-healing and antifun-
gal properties,” explained Dr. Molly.
“It’s usually made in Australia and New
Zealand. I’m not sure if they’ve proven
that it has more potent antibacterial
properties than other types of honey,
but I know that Manuka, specifically, is
typically a medical honey.”
While the pelican had survived the
initial attack, if it had not been rescued
and treated at CROW, the severely
injured seabird would have undoubtedly
died a slow and agonizing death.
“He’s doing really well now. His
weight is up. His body condition is a lot
better than when he came in. And the
wound itself looks amazing compared to
two weeks ago,” Dr. Molly beamed.
The patients at CROW do not have
health insurance to cover the cost of
their care. If you would like to help this
brave pelican – patient #15-2613 – on
its long road to recovery, go to www.
crowclinic.org to make a donation.
CROW (Clinic for the
Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a
non-profit wildlife hospital providing
veterinary care for native and migra-
tory wildlife from our local area. The
hospital accepts patients seven days
a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail
donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL
33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.
The brown pelican, patient #15-2613, is recovering in a large cage lined with towels. The
large bandage under its right wing covers a section of the wounds it sustained in an attack
by either a shark or an alligator.
The weekly farmer’s market at
JetBlue Park at Fenway South,
located at 11500 Fenway South
Drive in Fort Myers, is set to return for
a five-month run this November.
Beginning November 4 and running
until March 30, Fenway South Drive,
in front of JetBlue Park, will host the
Fenway South Farmer’s Market every
Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. The market will include fresh local
produce, cheeses, fresh pastas, seafood,
baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vege-
tables, ready-to-eat meals, plants, flowers,
crafts, soaps, candles and other items.
Parking is free.
“Our vendors are very excited to be
returning to JetBlue Park to promote
their locally produced products and wares
to neighboring communities as well as
to Boston Red Sox fans,” said Betsy
Ventura, who, along with Jean Baer,
owns Local Roots, LLC and will run the
market at JetBlue Park each Monday.
Ventura and Baer also operate the
Bonita Springs, Coconut Point, Lakes
Park, Fort Myers at Florida SouthWestern
State College and Sanibel Farmer’s
“We are very excited that this open-
air market is returning to JetBlue Park,”
said Katie Haas, senior director of Florida
business operations for the Boston Red
Sox. “This market is a great kick-off
to our busy fall schedule leading into
Spring Training and just another one of
the unique ways Fenway South is being
utilized for the Southwest Florida com-
Anyone interested in becoming a ven-
dor or providing live entertainment can
visit the website at www.BuyLocalLee.
For more information, call 226-4783
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience One Of The
Best Birding Sites In Lee County
Experience the Beautiful Birds of Bunche Beach with a bird patrol guide on
Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the beach, located in South Fort
Myers, off Summerlin Road. Drive south off John Morris Road until it deadends.
Bunche Beach is excellent for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds
working the mudflats at low tide due to the diversity of micro-invertebrates. There is
also great viewing of waterfowl and raptors.
The bird walks is free with parking fee of $2 per hour (tour is approximately two
hours). Restrooms are available in the building at the first parking lot. This tour is pro-
vided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation.
Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water,
your curiosity and love of nature.
For more information, vivist www.birdpatrol.org or call 707-3015.
photo by Meg Rousher
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