Online voters choose new name for Aviary pelican

VIDEO: New pelican at the National Aviary

PITTSBURGH — A rescued brown pelican living at Pittsburgh's National Aviary now has a name.

Call her Eloise!

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“Eloise is so fitting for this beautiful bird,” said Jessica McAtee, Curator of Animal Wellness. “She may seem a bit awkward when she waddles about on land, but she’s so elegant when she is swimming through the Wetlands pond, or perched in her favorite tree. The name is even more special because it was chosen by the community.”

The Aviary set up an online poll for help naming the pelican, which was rescued after suffering a wing injury, arriving at the aviary in December from a wild bird rescue center in Florida.

Eloise received the most votes.