After an injured pelican swam ashore following a storm, the young bird was taken in and cared for by staff at the Greystoke Mahale resort on Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania.
Orphaned and separated from his flock, Big Bird the pelican had to be taught to fly. His human instructors showed him how by running down the beach and flapping their arms.
His first flight was captured on video, as a GoPro camera had been strapped onto the bird’s beak.
That first flight must have been thrilling for Big Bird. It is also thrilling to watch as he takes off, with only the sky above and water below. In a breathtaking flight Big Bird soars across the water before returning to the beach.
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