Watch: This Florida rescue facility is trying to help victims of the exotic pet trade

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.


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Updated Date: Jul 06, 2016 15:19:58 IST