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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 September 2006, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
Rethink on pelican rescue move
Percy the Pelican (pic by Sandy Johnston)
Experts said rescuing the pelican may be too stressful
Plans to rescue a white pelican which has mysteriously appeared at the mouth of the River Tay have been abandoned for the time being.

The bird, which has affectionately been named Percy, was first spotted near Monifieth at the weekend.

Animal inspectors said they were concerned that a rescue attempt may cause the wild bird too much stress.

The pelican has returned to its favourite beach spot after possibly heading off on a fishing trip.

Earlier sighting

The Scottish SPCA said it was concerned that the white pelican, native to south east Europe, Asia and Africa, may have difficulty surviving in Scotland's colder climate and had to be caught for its own good.

The welfare organisation has now decided only to step in and help if Percy needs assistance.

It is thought that the bird may be the same one seen in Northumberland several days ago.

The pelican, which is believed to be in good health, was first spotted among a flotilla of about 50 swans, which are regularly seen in the area.

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