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Marie Thurn, left, a volunteer who helps rescue injured and ill wildlife, comforts Katie Mattson who made the call Thursday morning to rescue a lone pelican that is stranded on a small, frozen lake west of New London. The bird, which can be seen in the background, is unable to fly. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Rescue on hold for stranded pelican

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NEW LONDON -- Rescue efforts are on hold for a lone pelican stranded on a small, frozen lake west of New London.

If the weather warms up and the ice melts, a rescue attempt could still be made.

But despite the best intentions of a rural Willmar couple to summon help Thursday to rescue the juvenile pelican that apparently can't fly, wildlife and law enforcement officials say going out on thin ice now to rescue the bird would put human lives in danger.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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