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Virginia Beach, Va. — A video that shows a group of people rescuing a pelican in distress during Hurricane Dorian is warming hearts.
According to NBC Charlotte, PETA’s emergency rescue team went to the Lesner Bridge during Hurricane Dorian on Friday to help a pelican in distress. The rescue was recorded and posted to Facebook by Paul Holley, who pulled over on the bridge.
A Virginia Beach police officer stopped their cruiser to keep everyone safe while they were trying to help the bird.
In the video, the pelican is seen trying to fly away from the bridge, but it gets caught up and overtaken by the strong winds. The bird struggled to fly and quickly landed on the ground behind one of the stopped cars.
PETA’s first responders scooped up the first bird, who was huddled on the sidewalk, along with four more who were wind-battered and disoriented, struggling to take flight in the middle of the road as cars whizzed past.
Another video, posted by Dacia Thorson, shows three pelicans nestled on blankets in the backseat of a car en route to a wildlife center.
One of the pelicans was hit by a car, and the other two were struggling to fly in the strong winds, according to Thorson.