BIG BIRD

BIG BIRD — Chris Warren of Obion caught a possibly injured pelican Saturday in Obion. His wife, Angie, told The Messenger the beautiful bird could not fly very high and may have been hurt. She said wildlife officials were contacted and came to pick up the huge yellow-billed bird. The American White Pelican is one of the largest birds in North America with its nine-foot wingspan. Locally, Reelfoot Lake State Park hosts a Pelican Festival every October to mark the birds’ migration along the Mississippi River and their stopover at the lake to feed.

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