On Monday, New Orleans mascot Pierre the Pelican underwent reconstructive surgery on his face and bill. He’s now recovering in the Ochsner Medical Center.
Following is a press release from the franchise on Pierre:
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that mascot Pierre the Pelican underwent successful surgery yesterday at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. A detailed account of his injury and recovery will air during the Fox Sports New Orleans broadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when the Pelicans take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:00 p.m.
Team Physician Dr. Matthew McQueen performed the reconstructive surgery at Ochsner Medical Center and has indicated the procedure was quite involved. “Injuries like this also affect other aspects of the skull, which had to be addressed.” McQueen and his team of experts, including Curator of Birds for Audubon Zoo Carolyn Atherton, expect Pierre to make a full and speedy recovery.
“Pierre…he is hardcore. He’s already put as much into his rehab as I have seen any athlete put into his rehabilitation. He had a lot of help from his coworkers, supporters and fellow mascots,” McQueen said. “He’s already quicker, faster, and stronger. I haven’t seen anything like this in my life. Maybe there is something about bird recovery that is special. I wish we could see this in all the people we treat. It is amazing.”
Fans can show their support and post good well wishes on Twitter using #GetWellPierre and @PierreTPelican.
In 24 homes games this season, Pierre has recorded 193 t-shirt cannons, 453 pictures taken, and 679 balloons handed out. The New Orleans product has appeared in all homes games this season and is excited to make is return this weekend as the Crescent City hosts NBA All-Star 2014.
Pierre had been scaring the daylights out of nearly everyone, especially children. This clever move by New Orleans was a perfect way to make a change to its mascot.
Hopefully Pierre’s new look is just what the doctor ordered. Let’s face it (no pun intended), it can’t be any worse than before.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 11, 2014