WING AND A PRAYER: Beerwah twins Bridgette and Paula Powers with Wingy the one-winged pelican which has gone missing from his usual haunt on the Noosa River.
WING AND A PRAYER: Beerwah twins Bridgette and Paula Powers with Wingy the one-winged pelican which has gone missing from his usual haunt on the Noosa River. Darryn Smith

Twinnies tackle search for Noosa's one-winged pelican Wingy

BOATIES, anglers and bird lovers are being asked to keep an eye out for a one-winged pelican feared to be starving.

Wingy the pelican, frequents the Tewantin area of Noosa River but he has not been seen since Sunday when he was spotted with a fishing hook caught in his neck.

Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue volunteers Paula and Bridgette Powers have been out searching for Wingy but to no avail.

The sisters are concerned that with the hook caught in his throat, the bird will not be able to eat and will starve to death.

"We've been looking along Noosa River where he usually lives," Bridgette said.

"The poor sweetheart could be in the mangroves tangled up. He can't fly.

"We know a pelican can go without food for eight days but it's already been five."

The Twinnies previously helped nurse Wingy back to health when he got a fishing hook caught in his upper right leg.

He was last spotted by a Noosa resident last Sunday week. The woman called the Twinnies but by the time they arrived the bird was gone.

"We need to get him out of the water and operated on," said the woman who is one of a number of residents who feed the bird regularly.

"We've asked boaties to look out for him."

Anyone who spots Wingy is asked to call Twinnies on 0421 476 561 or the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association on 0417 077 415.


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