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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.

 

First Published On : Jul 6, 2016 15:19 IST

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