Every year, the pelicans in New York's Bronx Zoom have to be rounded up by their keepers, and every year, they play harder to catch.
SCU PAN Pelican on water
LV Keeper in boat chasing pelican
SV Keepers in boat
GV Pelican on water
LV Keepers catching pelican
CU Pelican keeper being questioned
SV Another pelican being brought in boat
SV Keepers bring pelicans along path
SV Children watch
SV Keepers put pelicans into van (2 shots)
REPORTER: "What happened?"
KEEPER: "Well, we faked them out. They're very good in the art of dodging, they position the keepers in the boats...."
REPORTER: (INTERRUPTING) "....do they know what's...."
KEEPER: "...they know exactly what to do, they've been chased for years."
REPORTER: "Bur how did you capture this guy?"
KEEPER: "He made a mistake."
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Background: Every year, the pelicans in New York's Bronx Zoom have to be rounded up by their keepers, and every year, they play harder to catch. The pelicans have to be rounded up before the cold New york winter sets in, but with temperatures in New York as high as the 70s (approximately 22 degrees centigrade) they were reluctant, to say the least, to surrender themselves to their keepers.
Sweat poured from the keepers' brows as they worked hard to gather in the six scheming pelicans.
SYNOPSIS: Perhaps you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but pelicans seem to be a different kettle of fisher. Every year, the six pelicans in New York's Bronx Zoom give their keepers a good run -- or should it be row -- for their money.
They have to be captured so they can be protected from New York's freezing winters, but with temperatures going as high as the seventies this week, no self-respecting pelican in the zoom was going to give in easily.
One of the keepers told how they eventually rounded the pelicans up:
Glorious in defeat, the pelican prisoners are brought ashore by their captors, safe in the knowledge that they have a whole year to plan their next campaign.
This pelican pantomime seem to be a growing spectator sport.
Now they have given their keepers the bird, it's off to a nice warm cage for the winter, with nothing to worry about, except, perhaps, some new additions to the pelican family.