Actually Pr Percival just died!
Storm Boy pelican dies
Posted Thu Sep 3, 2009 5:17pm AEST
Updated Fri Sep 4, 2009 8:37am AEST
Mr Percival the pelican, Adelaide (ABC News)
A much-loved pelican used in the South Australian film Storm Boy has died.
The pelican, Mr Percival, had been living at the Adelaide Zoo since the late 1980s and died overnight.
The bird was aged in its mid-30s.
In 1976 the bird was used in Storm Boy, the film based on Colin Thiele's novel about a boy who raises three pelicans.
The boy is forced by his father to release them, but one bird, Mr Percival, returns.
The Coorong near the Murray mouth was the setting for the movie.
Bird keeper Brett Backhouse says Mr Percival lived a low-key life after arriving at the zoo.
"He was one of the nicer pelicans. He was definitely an individual," he said.
"He was quite willing to accept a pat here and there sometimes, but then as well he could be quite feisty to us and give us a bit of a slap with his beak if he was hungry."
Mr Backhouse says Mr Percival had a good life, with similarities to the film.
"I think the ending of it, you know, saying that Mr Percival never dies, he lives on in other younger pelicans would be a sort of nice memento to him," he said.
"And Mr Percival does have a few children
around the place so yeah, he'll live on."