We meet friends all over the world. One who instantly stole our hearts: Big Bird, a saucy pelican who washed up injured on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, just outside one of our favorite lodges, Greystoke Mahale. The caring folks at Greystoke Mahale patiently nursed him back to health, even helping him learn to fly again. He was hooked on his new family and became a charismatic fixture around the lodge, always vying for attention by stealing guests’ sunglasses and flip flops!
We were introduced to Big Bird when Absolute Travel’s Brooke Garnett persuaded him to take a GoPro selfie—the world’s first pelican selfie! The video went viral with more than 5 million views and counting. The world was charmed by Big Bird.
Sadly, our lovable friend passed away this week. Please join us in remembering his joyful spirit and watch him soar again.
Visit the Greystoke Mahale blog and the Greystoke Mahale Facebook page to read and see some favorite Big Bird memories and to share your own. We’ll miss you feathered friend!