The pelican, named Arvy, was rescued from an icy marina last week.
The injured bird was hypothermic, couldn't walk and could barely lift its head.
He was taken to a rescue called A Place Called Hope before members of a local flying club offered to airlift Arvy to a wildlife sanctuary in Florida.
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"I just love animals and do anything I can to help animals, so when I saw this and saw he needed to get to his new home, I figured why not help out," pilot Arianna Strand said.
It is believe Arvy may have been blown by a storm or was a stowaway on a boat and ended up in Connecticut.
Pelicans are rarely seen north of Virginia.
He is now recovering at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, Florida.
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