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Unprecedented Collision with Pelican Sends Woman to Hospital

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Thursday was not the perfect day for swimming for Debbie Shoemaker of Toledo, Ohio. As she was enjoying a bath in Treasure Island waters, near the city of St. Petersburg she had the unpleasant surprise to have a pelican crashing into her cheek. The bird was apparently diving for fish.

Following the unprecedented incident, she was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors needed 20 stitches to close the gash in her face, the Associated Press reported.