The New Orleans Pelicans, formerly New Orleans Hornets, got a new look this season and now it appears as if their mascot will get a new one as well. It was announced by the team on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, that Pierre the Pelican suffered a "broken beak" and will have "beak surgery" in order to get fixed up and undergo a makeover.
"This will be a rather unconventional surgery for us," Pelicans team physician Dr. Matthew McQueen said in a statement. "I am not sure we have something to compare this to. It will be quite complicated and will require the use of some unconventional tools and instruments to reconstruct his beak."
It's been said that Pierre suffered a broken beak over the weekend while playing a pickup basketball game with fellow mascots Grizz (Memphis), Slamson (Sacramento), and Rocky (Denver.) New Orleans Saints' mascot Gumbo was also a part of the game.
A great number of fans immediately weren't sure what to think about Pierre the Pelican when he was unveiled back in Oct. 2013.
He has been mocked and ridiculed online and word came about a month ago that the team was looking to re-design the mascot's head to make it "less scary."
The announcement of Pierre the Pelican's "beak surgery" came with a statement from Carolyn Atherton, the curator of birds for the Audubon Zoo.
"We do see a lot of head trauma cases with pelicans," Atherton said. "Since they are the plunge-divers, sometimes they'll hit sharp objects and a lot of times, they'll have tears in their pouch or even eye problems. We've had quite a few pelicans we've treated for injuries similar to Pierre's. After they've been treated, they've all come back looking bigger, stronger, faster and ready to take on the world."