About Pelican Petros

**About Pelican Petros: the mascot of Mykonos** Mykonos is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. The island, according to mythology, was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. During the summer, Mykonos is known for its festive atmosphere, especially at Paradise and Super Paradise beaches. The island is a landmark with its whitewashed buildings and breathtaking sunsets. Mykonos is also famous for its mascot: Petra the pelican. Here are a few things you should know about him: **History of Pelican Petros** In 1958, a wounded great white pelican was found off the coast of Mykonos. He was cured and stayed on the island, where he was named Petros (or Peter) and was cared for by the locals. Petros in Greek means "stone" or "rock", but metaphorically means "old and grumpy". It is said that Pelican Peter was a rather characteristic character. He easily made friends and walked with people as they went about their business. In the port he will be treated with fresh fish. He was the island's mascot until he died in 1985 after being hit by a car. It was embalmed and is now on display at the Mykonos Museum. **Glory of the Pelican Petros** Pelican Peter is by far the most famous pelican in the world. During his lifetime, he was photographed with locals and tourists. His image has found its way onto merchandise such as T-shirts, mugs, postcards and other souvenirs. He also did branding for local hotels and restaurants. Needless to say, Peter helped make money for his friends on the island. **Death of Pelican Petros** While Pelican Peter was alive, Jackie Kennedy Onassis sent him a female pelican who had frequented the island throughout her life to keep him company. These two never had offspring. When Peter died, the island was not left without a pelican, since Irene (his girlfriend) was still alive. Another male pelican was donated to the island by the Hamburg Zoo. It was this bird that became known as Petros II. At any given moment, three or four different pelicans may be roaming the streets. It is important to note that this bird is not native to the island, so all pelicans on the island must be brought (or bred) there. **More information about Pelican Petros** Great white pelicans breed throughout southeastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. They breed in large colonies. The female lays two eggs which hatch between 29 and 36 days. Adult males have beaks ranging from 35 to 47 centimeters long, and the bird itself reaches 175 centimeters in height. Great white pelicans are one of the largest flying birds in the world. They are also good swimmers. Pelicans mainly feed on fish, mainly carps and cichlids. Pelican Petros has become an unexpected and unforgettable mascot of Mykonos. His presence on the island is still very much alive. You can expect to see it here during your visit!