After a weekend of hard partying that ended in a county jail cell, Carl the pelican is taking a hard look at his life, according to friends.
The California Highway Patrol was called to a rest stop outside of Truckee, CA on early Sunday morning where the pelican was causing a disturbance.
“He came in here, stinking of fish,” said Quik-Mart owner Laquan Steeples. “He was flapping around, knocking things off the shelves. Generally just causing a huge mess.”
Steeples said the pelican absconded with 10 boxes of frozen fish sticks without paying. That’s when the shop owner called the police.
“He’s had a rough year since being laid off from his job as a greeter on a dinner cruise in Lake Tahoe,” said close friend Valerie Camden. “We lost track of him Saturday night, but I saw him seven, maybe eight shrimp cocktails. He knows he messed up. This is rock bottom for sure.”