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Sea birds found with beer cans around necks

Pelican, gull freed from beer can collars are recovering. (Source: CNN) Pelican, gull freed from beer can collars are recovering. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - A herring gull and pelican are on the mend after someone wrapped beer cans around their necks.

Florida wildlife crews received a call Monday about the injured birds on Big Pine Key, about 30 miles east of Key West, FL.

They found the semi-paralyzed brown pelican and a weak, emaciated herring gull, each with a beer can around its neck like a collar.

Officials said they were gasping for breath and wouldn't have survived another day.

The birds are said to be doing well and should be released back into the wild soon.

The birds were found a day after an osprey was found shot with BB gun pellets in the same area.

The osprey was not seriously injured.

No arrests have been made.

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