Jews and Arabs come together to rescue injured pelican

Bird undergoing treatment at Israeli wildlife hospital.

October 22, 2015 18:44
the Israel Nature and Park's Authority's Israeli Wildlife Hospital

Pelican at the Israel Nature and Park's Authority's Israeli Wildlife Hospital. (photo credit: ASSAF ISRAELI)


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A Jewish-Arab rescue effort saved the life of an injured pelican this week, after the bird fell into a family's yard with a broken wing and other injuries. Upon discovering the pelican at their home, three teenage boys – Amir, Sunny and Muhammad Riad Hamed – refused to leave the pelican's side until Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel representative Giora Leitner arrived, their mother Basma said.

Following Leitner's initial assessment, the pelican was transported from the family's yard in Muqeible, an Arab-Israeli village located about halfway between Afula and Jenin, to the Israel Nature and Park's Authority's Israeli Wildlife Hospital, where the bird is undergoing further treatment.

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