SANTA CRUZ, Calif - According to Central Coast wildlife group WildRescue a number of sick baby pelicans are showing up on local beaches.
The thin and weak birds are walking up to people and are distinguishable by their brown heads compared to the white heads of adults.
WildRescue believes the birds are a part of a natural die off of young birds. They believe it is unusual though because the brown pelican's population, once threatened to near extinction, have rebounded and scientists are now seeing a large annual mortality that, so far, is believe to be normal.
According to WildRescue, there is a limit to the amount of resources to care for pelicans.