Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- A brown pelican takes flight from the banks of the Mississippi River in Riverside Park after being treated at the Audubon Zoo Hospital and released back into the wild in New Orleans, La. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. According to Audubon Zoo spokesperson Frank Donze, "the brown pelican was rescued by Shane Buras and members of a crew boat owned by Plaquemines Boat Rental on November 27 near an oil rig at Southwest Pass just below Pilottown in Plaquemines. Buras and his crewmates noticed the bird was distressed as it struggled atop a well. Covered with what appeared to be an oil substance, the bird apparently couldnÕt swim or fly. Buras and his crew turned the pelican over to Jeff Dorson, the executive director of the Humane society of Louisiana. Dorson then delivered the bird to Audubon Zoo staff the next day, November 28. For the past three weeks , the pelican has been under the care of Dr. Robert MacLean, senior veterinarian for Audubon Nature Institute, and his staff. They nicknamed the pelican Snappy."