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Drôme : Arthur le pélican fugue et refuse de rentrer dans son enclos

Par Sarah Maquet, France Bleu Drôme-Ardèche lundi 23 juin 2014 à 19:45

Patate, la femelle pélican qui partage la vie d'Arthur
Patate, la femelle pélican qui partage la vie d'Arthur © Radio France

Arthur, jeune pélican de cinq environ, s'est envolé vendredi dernier du Jardin aux oiseaux d'Upie, dans la Drôme. Ne sachant plus vraiment voler, il a été emporté par le vent et se retrouve coincé à quelques mètres du parc animalier, incapable de rentrer. Il refuse aussi de se laisser capturer. Sa mauvaise relation avec Patate, sa femelle, ne l'inciterait pas à regagner le nid conjugal.

Un pélican est dans la nature à Upie (Drôme). Il s'appelle Arthur, a cinq ans environ et vient du Jardins aux oiseaux. Pris dans une bourrasque de vent vendredi dernier il a été emporté sur plusieurs mètres. Incapable de redécoller, il a trouvé un point d'eau où il cherche une solution, tout en empêchant quicionque d'approcher. Sur les photos, Arthur n'est qu'une petit tâche blanche au loin.

Pourquoi ce départ ?

Pour Alexandre Liauzu, le responsable du Jardin des oiseaux, il s'agit bien d'un accident. Mais d'autres pistes sont possibles, comme une envie de liberté et une rupture avec "Patate", la pélican femelle qui partage l'enclos d'Arthur.

Disparition pélican ENRO 1

Alexandre Liauzu surveille Arthur, le pélican fugueur - Radio France
Alexandre Liauzu surveille Arthur, le pélican fugueur © Radio France

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