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Come say "Hello!" to Bella and Beau!

By: Chelsea Weaver, Animal Keeper
published Fri January 25, 2013 Come say "Hello!" to Bella and Beau!

We have two new editions to our zoo family! They are two juvenile Brown Pelicans, a female named Bella and a male named Beau. Both of these pelicans came to us through a wildlife rehabilitation center. Beau was found near the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi and Bella was also found along the Mississippi coast. Both suffered injuries that deemed them unfit to survive in the wild and therefore non-releasable. They have been inseparable ever since they met at the rehabilitation center and we were happy to have them both come flourish at the zoo! Brown Pelicans are the smallest of all the pelican species and can be found naturally all along the southern coast of the United States. In the wild, these guys will dive from the air while flying into the water to scoop fish with their bills into their pouch, dump the water out, and then swallow down their catch. Here at the zoo, us keepers hand feed them their fish twice a day (although they also have free range of the fish in the ponds), so you may get to see their afternoon feeding! Bella and Beau can be found in the smaller pond to the right of the Alligator Exhibit. Be sure to come watch them swim, sunbathe and waddle the day away the next time you visit the zoo!