LOS ANGELES (AP) -
A pelican found several weeks ago with a wing and leg tied up in fishing line has been released back into the wild after making a full recovery.
About 25 bird lovers were on hand to watch the American White Pelican fly off into the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve on Saturday.
The bird was cared for at International Bird Rescue's wildlife care center in San Pedro.
It was discovered last month in distress and having trouble flying, wrapped up in several feet of fishing line.
International Bird Rescue operates two year-round aquatic bird rescue centers in California, which care for over 5,000 birds every year.