Great White Pelican


In 1958 a wounded pelican was found off the coast of Mykonos shore by a local fisherman.
The pelican was nursed to health and remained on the island supported by locals.
It soon adopted the name "Petros", as a joke between the locals, as "petro" in Greek means "rock or stone" but metaphorically "old and grumpy".
To great disappointment by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 2 December 1985 and failed to recover.
Subsequently, three new pelicans reside around the main town of Mykonos.
One, honorifically, was given the name Petros.

1st photo: Petros and me. Mykonos, Greece, 25 September 2012
Last 4 photos: Lake Kerkini, Greece, 29 July 2017

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