Brown pelicans, woodpeckers, owls, opossums... The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami welcomes all kinds of injured and orphaned wildlife. Caretakers say they're seeing a record number of patients, mainly because more locals are becoming aware of the rescue facility, but also because of Florida's exotic pet trade.
It began in the 1980 as a place for injured wild pelicans, pet birds are increasingly common, like one of the newest arrivals. Workers see a positive side to the rise in patient numbers: it means more people are turning to their 36-year-old facility when they find a wounded animal.