Petros (pelican), Mykonos, Greece | CruiseBe
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Petros (pelican)

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pelican, nature, birdwatching

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. To great disappointment by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 2 December 1985 and failed to recover.

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

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