Give the New Orleans Pelicans credit - when the world laughed (or gasped) at the visage of the Pels' new mascot, Pierre, the team reacted with good humor. Pierre, we are told, broke his beak during a pickup game with some other basketball mascots over the weekend and will have a little reconstructive surgery before reappearing on center court. (Perhaps he slipped on a spilled Smoothie King.)

As the team announced today in a press release:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that mascot Pierre the Pelican underwent successful surgery yesterday at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. A detailed account of his injury and recovery will air during the Fox Sports New Orleans broadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when the Pelicans take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:00 p.m. ...

Fans can show their support and post good well wishes on Twitter using #GetWellPierre and @PierreTPelican.

We'll miss you, Old Pierre. And so will 

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