Stowaway Pelican From Maryland Makes Port Call In Tampa

Thursday, December 27, 2012

An injured pelican that landed on a cruise ship was being treated at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa on Thursday.

According to the Hillsborough County Animal Services officer that brought the injured pelican to BluePearl’s Tampa location, the pelican injured itself by flying into part of the ship’s superstructure after it had landed on the ship.

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners avian and exotics medicine team are treating the bird for dehydration and after a physical examination determined the bird has a minor wing injury that will require rehabilitation.


According to the U.S. Geological Survey Bird Banding Laboratory, the bird was originally banded in Holland Island, Md., on Sept. 7.

The Coast Guard said the only cruise ship to arrive at the Port of Tampa on Thursday was Royal Caribbean International’s Jewel of the Seas.

According to Royal Caribbean International, the pelican landed on deck 12 of the port-side of Jewel of the Seas shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The ship was returning to its seasonal homeport of Tampa after calling at Cozumel, Mexico, on Tuesday. Royal Caribbean International staff transferred the injured bird to Hillsborough County Animal Services during a port call in Tampa, Thursday at approximately 10 a.m.

The pelican is scheduled to be transferred to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary Friday where the bird will receive rehabilitation treatment.

Officials said BluePearl’s avian and exotic medicine team is highly-regarded and trusted to see birds, reptiles and wildlife from Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, and Nature’s Classroom.


Boater Safety Course Offered At The Chattanooga Boat And Sport Show

Boating season is quickly approaching and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants the public to be ready. One can sign up for the boating safety course offered at the Chattanooga Boat and Sport Show this  Saturday, at  9 a.m.  Entry to the show is free after completion of the course. Boater safety courses provide operators with the best knowledge to ... (click for more)

Fur Harvesters Annual Sale In Crossville Is Feb. 20

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be on hand to provide fur harvesters with bobcat and otter tags at the annual Fur Harvesters Association sale on  Feb. 20 , at the National Guard Armory in Crossville. Check in starts at  8 a.m.  Central Standard Time and the sale will begin  9:30 a.m.  The event will continue until all sales are final. ... (click for more)

Cleveland School Board Votes 5-2 To Terminate School Director Ringstaff Over Twitter Messages

The Cleveland School Board on Friday fired Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of schools, for sending sexually explicit messages to an anonymous woman a year ago.  His termination is effective immediately and does not include severance pay.  The school board called an emergency meeting after Dr. Ringstaff, who is married, admitted to sending explicit messages to ... (click for more)

History Center Not Giving Out Any More Information On Past Spending Details, Current Status, At This Time

The president of the Chattanooga History Center, which has halted plans for a world class history museum near the Aquarium after raising over $10 million, said no other information will be provided at this time. Chattanoogan.com had sought details about prior spending and the salary of former executive director Daryl Black as well as the center's current status. Jo Coke said, ... (click for more)

A Missing Link In Chattanooga's Crime Prevention Program

I would like to begin by introducing myself. I grew up in Chattanooga and I love this city. As a child, the space program and lunar landings were in full swing. I dreamed of a progressive city. I grew up reading books about space, travel, and superheroes at the Bicentennial Library.  I am the only son of a local pastor and businessman. When I graduated from East Ridge High ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The School’s Search Begins

Jonathan Welch, the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board, had no idea he would be giving himself a well-deserved treat some months ago when he promised his son they would go on a mission trip together. This week has to be the first time his phone hasn’t blinked overload since a December tragedy triggered a tsunami and repeated shock waves that crashed the Hamilton County ... (click for more)