IN PICTURES – Where does the pelican that settled in Brenne come from?

In recent weeks, testimonials have multiplied on social networks. Some Brennous wonder after seeing a large shadow above the ponds or being flown over by a somewhat exotic bird…

A white pelican has settled in Mezières-en-Brenne. “We see birds around here! Storks, spoonbills, sometimes even ibis… but a pelican! Never! He’s probably a tourist“, laughs Jean-Louis Camus, the mayor of the town where this strange bird seems to have settled.

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Where does the Brenne pelican come from?

But then where does it come from? The simplest solution seems the most likely: would it have escaped from the High Key, in Obterre? The reserve strongly denies: “We only have Dalmatian pelicans and this is a white pelican. Besides, we don’t miss any“.

Jean-Louis Camus also conducted his little investigation: ” The director of the Chérine reserve observed it with a telescope and he was able to read the ring. He would come from Beauval“.

But Beauval formally denies : they lack no pelicans.

So where did the animal escape from? The answer may come from our colleagues at France Bleu Poitou. A specimen of the same genus was observed for several weeks in a nature reserve near Poitiers, just over an hour as the crow flies from Mézières-en-Brenne (the pelican can reach 50 km/h according to specialists…). Our colleagues had established that he had escaped from the Thoiry zoological reserve.

In the meantime, the pelican is”in Olympic form” after Jean-Louis Camus. “He goes from pond to pond, he returns in the evening. It’s a curiosity! He comes home in the evening because he knows that in Mézières, he will be well received!

One more bird to observe in the long list of specimens present in Brenne.

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