WILD Zoo appeals for help to find escaped baby pelican
A zoo near Wolverhampton is appealing for help to spot a baby pelican which has escaped from the park.
WILD Zoological Park at Halfpenny Green Vineyards posted the appeal to its social media pages on Sunday evening.
The Facebook post said: "One of our baby pelicans (still in training) is out and about tonight.
"He’s wearing a transmitter but we can’t seem to pick up a signal. He’s in the local area still last seen heading towards Sedgley and Gornal in the last 10 minutes. (7pm Sunday Eve).
"He’s also microchipped and wearing a black ID leg band.
"If anybody has any definite sightings of him. Please inform our response team straight away on 07889 723567 or 07540123917."
Since the appeal was posted yesterday, the pelican has been spotted around Wombourne and Gornal, but staff cannot catch the bird until it has landed.
The zoo is still searching for the bird and is posting updates to its Facebook page.
The latest update said: "Still not home but believed to be in the area still.
"If you have a sighting please send a photo as we have been chasing our tails.
"People obviously mean well but we’ve been responding to calls that are clearly not a pelican or even look remotely like a pelican. We appreciate the goodwill and wanting to help but it means our recovery team are going in the wrong direction.
"Pelicans are huge birds with massive beaks, they don’t tweet, if anything their call sounds more like a cow than any other bird."
Anyone with any information should contact WILD Zoological Park's response team and send them a photograph.