A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the helican
Dixon Lanier Merritt (1879–1972)
This handsome chap had to be put to sleep after a wound failed to heal on his abdomen. Dixon was correct in his limerick; we found his beak was 10 litres in volume, compared to the one litre volume of his stomach.
His abdominal wound was too large to close with stitches, so a dressing was used to see if the wound would contract by itself. Unfortunately it appears the skin became infected, so it was decided euthanasia was the kindest thing to do in his case.