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Amazing Video Captures Pelican’s Point-of-View

If you’ve never seen or heard of a GoPro camera, it’s a cool high-def personal camera typically used to shoot action videos. Because it’s so small and lightweight, GoPro cameras are easy to affix to helmets, and more recently, animals.

Not long ago, we showed you a video of an eagle with a GoPro camera soaring through the European Alps that was simply breathtaking. Now we have another video—this time showing a pelican flying around Mahale Mountain National Park in Tanzania.

The pelican, named Bigbird, was abandoned by his flock because he couldn’t fly after a heavy storm pushed him ashore. The fine people who rehabilitated him basically taught him how to fly again by running along the beach and flapping their arms.

For everyone’s enjoyment, they put a GoPro camera on his beak to capture Bigbird in flight.

There is, of course, some controversy about whether we should be putting cameras on animals, but seeing how technology has allowed these cameras to be so small, the animals can’t even feel it.

This is a fantastic video that merits watching several times.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.