An Orphaned Pelican Takes Flight for the First Time—With a GoPro Attached to Its Beak

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March 6 2014 2:01 PM

The World as Seen From a Pelican’s Beak

Best product placement ever. 

Do you want to watch an inspiring video of an orphaned pelican’s first flight? Of course you do.

The pelican, which lost its parents and washed ashore in Tanzania after a storm, had never learned to fly. Enter its handlers, who took it in, named it Bigbird, and taught it to fly by running up and down the beach with him for months. Thankfully, they also had the foresight to strap a GoPro to its beak prior to its first takeoff, so you can watch Bigbird’s first flaps in all their majestic glory.

Birds and humans, working together in pursuit of flight—I think the word you’re looking for is magical. Magical, magical product placement. 

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