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As a child, the white pelican is -- well, homely. And NOT graceful.

Some birdlings run with grace and light feet. The baby pelican -- flops and staggers. And leans against hist buddies, just to stay upright.

The route to adulthood is not easy. Nature is sometimes harsh in its survival strategies. Most pelican nests have two eggs. The hatchlings fight -- almost always, one sibling kills its mate. Harsh. Yet it assures that the chick that survives is hardy; a survivor.