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TANGLED! Trapped Pelican Freed In Boca Raton

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Pelican Was Tangled In Fishing Line On Lake Boca, Freed By 4Ocean

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Rescuers from 4Ocean freed this pelican tangled in fishing line on Lake Boca Raton. (September 14, 2020). Photos Courtesy Douglas Rothkopf.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — In a story developing mid-day Monday, a pelican trapped in fishing line on Lake Boca Raton has been freed.

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Saved! 4Ocean rushed into action Monday to free a pelican trapped in fishing wire on Lake Boca Raton. Photos Courtesy Douglas Rothkopf.

The pelican, according to eyewitnesses, was stuck on fishing line near Lake House South which is on Lake Boca.

Eyewitnesses tell BocaNewsNow.com that trash collectors from 4Ocean were on the scene and rushed into action. They worked carefully and diligently to free the pelican.

“Today I received a message that a pelican was tapped under one of our docks,” said Lake House Dockmaster Doug Rothkopf. 

“The building manager had already called Florida Fish and Wildlife at its emergency rescue number we keep on file and I went down to the dock to await their arrival and see if I could be of assistance. I saw the pelican struggling and looking exhausted with monofilament fishing line caught up around its neck and leg. 4 Ocean trash collectors who have a contract with the City were coming down the channel and I hailed them.  The two person crew was fantastic and gentle to the animal.”

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4Ocean rushed into action to free a Pelican trapped in fishing line near Lake Boca Raton. Photos Courtesy Douglas Rothkopf.

The pelican was repatriated to the wild a short time after the 4 Ocean crew rushed into action.



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