Big Bird, We Are Go For Launch

Some amazing video here, People. The pelican arrived somehow at the Greystoke Mahale resort in Tanzania after his flock ditched him. The resort staff took him, er, under their wing and helped him get back on his beak feet again. (And they named him Big Bird. Fly like an eagle, buddy!)

From Mashable.



  1. Yay! Go pelican!

  2. I mean “Go Big Bird”! 🙂

  3. That. Is awesome.

  4. I can almost hear him at about 1:40 – “Didya see that Dad? I flew!! Dad? Didya see??? I FLEW DAD!! Daddy didya see that, huh, didya see? You were watching right??? I FLEEEEEEEW!!!!”

  5. Where is the camera mounted?

  6. Like Squirt from Finding Nemo! You so totally rock, Big Bird!

  7. On his beak, apparently. I hope they took it off him when they were done.

  8. I think you can see it on his beak! Look close near the beginning.

  9. twocityshibas says:

    Ok that guy flapping his arms to show Big Bird how it’s done? Too much.

  10. Smartypants says:

    I love him! I saw this clip earlier on “Right This Minute” and thought “Oh, they’ve got to get this on Cute Overload.”

  11. I have read that when they attach these cameras to animals, they use a degradable adhesive so the camera falls off eventually.

  12. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Those GoPro cameras are da bomb. I think they were fairly certain he’d come back with the camera!

  13. Fantastic story!!! I could just imagine him shouting that with such pride! Like when a dad teaches his kid to ride a bike and the kid is all “I can do it, I can do it!!! 🙂

  14. You can see the camera at 0:26 – :32 mounted on his beak.

  15. I just can’t believe how he kept the camera so still while the whole rest of his body was flapping and flying! Amazing stability!

  16. Blue Footed Booby says:

    Birds instinctively keep their heads stable as their body moves, presumably to make it easier to stay oriented. It’s pretty amazing to see in motion.

  17. I kept watching his beady little eyes going “plink, “plink.”

  18. pelicannnnn….


  19. yulyndi says:

    How cool – thanks BFB! I never knew that before.