That icky procedure was all that was needed. The phone reportedly no longer worked after that, but its unwitting eater was back on his feet in no time.
“The pelican is well and was released,” Jordan Budnik, director of the rehab center, told The Dodo.
Rescuers hope that the public will be more mindful about not feeding wildlife, to avoid animals associating people with free food — likely the cause of this pelican's mealtime snafu. But fortunately, things were (mostly) set right for both the bird and the cell phone's owner.
In the end, though it was broken, she did get her phone back.