Pelican gives zookeepers the slip

Last updated 05:00 03/12/2012
Lanky the pelican
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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Wellington Zoo's oldest resident, Lanky the pelican.

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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.

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- The Dominion Post

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