Pelican mutilation Qld

Subject: Pelican mutilation Qld
From: pard38 <>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 20:38:55 +1000
Location  Lake Samsonvale, Samsonvale section
On the 04.04.02. two birds died for no obvious reason,both legs missing
from the knees down,either torn off or chewed off. No flesh eaten.

On a mudflat away from the water with a sandbank night roost for 
pelicans nearby. 
Possibilities rat,turtle,eel,pig,wild dog and humans
Over the years I've seen the odd pelican like this but never two
Reported to the Q.L.D. Musuem.with two photos expecting a reply in the 
next few days
Rangers are checking other roosts by boat
A theory from the Griffith Uni.
Caught in a net, the legs off to release the bird, allowed to fly away 
inland.  Suggest a post Mortem re water in the lungs. Death from this 
or starvation
Will keep up with any development
Bob Robbie 0738560729 

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