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Meet 'Ovi' the pelican, the picky patron of a Beirut fish restaurant02:23

Meet 'Ovi' the pelican, the picky patron of a Beirut fish restaurant

Lebanon, Beirut
September 14, 2020 at 07:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

Ovi the pelican, who was found dying in the open sea, has become a piece of joy that attracts lots of interest from customers at one of the restaurants at the Corniche promenade in central Beirut.

Footage filmed on Sunday shows the wild pelican walking freely around the Abou Mounir Fish cafe and receiving treats from employees of the restaurant.

"This bird damaged its wings. Every day we take care of it, we feed it and it eats nothing but fish," said Maher Al-Oud, a restaurant employee.

Ovi is hand-fed several kilograms of fresh fish every day and it has become increasingly picky when it comes to seafood.

"It eats only a certain type of fish, which is a white fish, and if you feed it with another type, it tastes the fish and throws it to the ground," Omar Al-Oud, son of the restaurant's owner, explained.

Ovi has been with the restaurant's team for six months already and it is not clear for how long the wild bird will stay.

Omar Al-Oud continued: "We spoke with the Lebanese wildlife organisation and they told us that the animal might not migrate because it has already got used to being here and doesn't know how to hunt."

Meet 'Ovi' the pelican, the picky patron of a Beirut fish restaurant02:23
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Ovi the pelican, who was found dying in the open sea, has become a piece of joy that attracts lots of interest from customers at one of the restaurants at the Corniche promenade in central Beirut.

Footage filmed on Sunday shows the wild pelican walking freely around the Abou Mounir Fish cafe and receiving treats from employees of the restaurant.

"This bird damaged its wings. Every day we take care of it, we feed it and it eats nothing but fish," said Maher Al-Oud, a restaurant employee.

Ovi is hand-fed several kilograms of fresh fish every day and it has become increasingly picky when it comes to seafood.

"It eats only a certain type of fish, which is a white fish, and if you feed it with another type, it tastes the fish and throws it to the ground," Omar Al-Oud, son of the restaurant's owner, explained.

Ovi has been with the restaurant's team for six months already and it is not clear for how long the wild bird will stay.

Omar Al-Oud continued: "We spoke with the Lebanese wildlife organisation and they told us that the animal might not migrate because it has already got used to being here and doesn't know how to hunt."

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