Pelican gives zookeepers the slip
Lanky the pelican may be a decade past his expected lifespan and have a sore foot, but he has still managed to evade keepers at Wellington Zoo.
Spokeswoman Libby Callander said keepers tried to catch Lanky on Thursday to X-ray his sore foot, but after he spotted strange people in his cage he refused to come out of the water.
The procedure had to be moved back a week.
Not only is the slippery 36-year-old pelican more than 10 years older than he would be expected to live in the wild, he is also New Zealand's only pelican, and Wellington Zoo's oldest resident.
The Dominion Post