Saving Pelican 895 (Short)

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Total Running Time: 39 minutes
Release Date: 2011

Through the story of a single bird rescued from the oily waters of the Gulf Coast following BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 – we are offered a glimmer of hope in the midst of an unprecedented ecological disaster. Nearly 9,000 birds were picked up in the four months following the spill. One of them was bird number 895, a young Brown Pelican found orphaned in the water, covered in oil. Pelican 895 is delivered by wildlife biologists to an emergency bird rehabilitation center where he is monitored 24 hours a day by a dedicated staff of both ordinary people and wildlife experts, many of whom travel the world responding to oil spills. 895 must be thoroughly and painstakingly cleaned of oil and must learn to feed himself before his release – or there will be little hope for his survival back in the wild.

2011 Ashland Independent Film Festival – Winner, Best Short Film: Documentary
2011 Environmental Media Awards – Nominated, EMA Award Documentary

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