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New Orleans Pelicans Mascot, Pierre, Undergoes Reconstructive Beak Surgery

 

Pierre after surgery. Posted to New Orleans Pelicans Facebook page

New Orleans Pelicans mascot, Pierre, has undergone reconstructive beak surgery. This according to a statement released Monday by the Pelicans. The report goes on to say that Pierre broke his beak during a pickup basketball game with other NBA mascots.

"Pierre…he is hardcore. He’s already put as much into his rehab as I have seen any athlete put into his rehabilitation."

The surgery took place at Ochsner Medical Clinic. Pelicans Team Physician Dr. Mathew McQueen performed the surgery after conferring with a team of experts including Carolyn Atherton, Curator of Birds for the Audubon Zoo.

In a statement released yesterday, team physician Dr. McQueen talked about the surgery and Pierre’s forthcoming 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 wish Pierre well during his recovery using the hashtag #GetWellPierre and his Twitter handle @PierreTPelican

[Update: Pierre's new look has been revealed!]

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