© RIA Novosti. Alexei Bogdanovskiy
A pelican on the island of Crete fell into a coma on Tuesday after large amounts of alcohol was poured down its throat, local television said.

Anastasia Bobolaki, the chair of the Chania Animal Welfare association on Crete, said the bird had been found unconscious somewhere near the resort town of Georgioupolis in the southwest of the island.

The culprits have not been identified.

The pelican was sent to a nearby medical center for wild birds. Police have opened an investigation.