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petros the pelican

In 1954 a fisherman of Mykonos found a wounded pelican.

He nursed it and after it had recovered the pelican stayed. It was fed by the local people of the island. And they named him Petros.

After a while it became the official mascot of the island.

Petros became so famous that all of Greece was saddened when he died in 1986.

Jackie Kennedy donated another pelican, named Irene-Irini, and the Hamburg Zoo sent a pelican named Petros.

A few year ago, another wounded young pelican fell to the island and was cared for by the local people. This one was named Nikolas.


☞ Rolleiflex 2.8E, Fujichrome Provia 100F

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Taken on June 19, 2009