Petros (pelican)

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Petros (the second)

Petros was a Great White Pelican, who was the official mascot of the Greek island of Mykonos.

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, stone but metaphorically Old and Grumpy[citation needed]. To great disappointment by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 2 December 1985 and failed to recover.[1]

Subsequently, three new pelicans reside around the main town of Mykonos. One, honorifically, was given the name Petros.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Apopsi tis Syrou , 187, 23 February 2007 (Greek).
  2. ^ "Mykonos Petros the Pelican". greeka.com. greeka.com. Retrieved 27 April 2011.