Mykonos Pelican

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Mykonos Pelican

Petros was a  Pelican, who was the official mascot of the Greek island of Mykonos. In 1958 a injured pelican was found off the strand of Paranga by a local fisherman.

The white pelican was cared for  and stayed on the island supported by locals.  It soon received the name “Petros” after the Greek word petras or “semen” resulting from a corny joke by local fishermen.  To great frustration by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 2 December 1985 and failed to recuperation.

In addition, three new pelicans reside around the main town of Mykonos. One, donated by Hamburg Zoo, honorifically was given the name Petros.  A second, who was also cared for after injury, is named Nikolas. A third, named Irene and donated by Jackie Onassis, but has since unfortunately died.

Mykonos Turns Back on Famous Petros the Pelican

The stuffed body of the famous pelican of Mykonos is lying dusty and neglected in a storage room at the local Folklore Museum. Petros; the pelican mascot of Mykonos, is considered to be part of the modern history of the island.

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