Savannah Police fly into action to save pelican from busy intersection


ByPaige Phillips|February 16, 2021 at 4:56 PM EST - Updated February 16 at 5:03 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department flew into action Tuesday afternoon to save a pelican from the intersection of Abercorn and Anderson streets.

Officers were called when the pelican was seen in the intersection struggling to fly and impeding traffic.

Three officers, Sgt. Suddath, Officer Urban and Officer Bryant, began a foot chase to successfully capture the pelican.

Last month the Savannah Police Departmentrescued a cowfrom I-16. While they say they were equipped to be a temporary home for a cow, the same could not be said for a pelican. Oatland Island Wildlife Center has stepped in and agreed to accept him as their newest resident.

While he was not under arrest, officers did have to secure the pelican in the back of a police cruiser to escort him to Oatland Island. (Source: Savannah Police Department)

While he was not under arrest, officers did have to secure the pelican in the back of a police cruiser to escort him to Oatland Island.

Officers are now asking the pelican to stay safe and stay out of traffic.

With officers being two for two in saving animals, they are already placing bets on what animal they will rescue in March.

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Photo: Savannah Police Department