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Nightmare-inducing Pelicans mascot gets much-needed makeover

Pelicans Mascot Reveals 'Post-Surgery' Look

The renaming of the NBA's New Orleans franchise to the Pelicans was met mostly with good-hearted laughter. There's nothing wrong with a kitschy name, after all -- there can only be so many Tigers, Lions, Bears and Eagles, for example.

But the unveiling of the Pelicans mascot was another matter entirely.

Pierre the Pelican, who looked like something out of a low-budget horror film, has probably been inspiring nightmares among the Pels' younger enthusiasts since he debuted this season.

Thankfully, the Pelicans apparently realized it's not a good idea to traumatize their young fans. Pierre got a much-needed makeover under the silly ruse that he had to undergo reconstructive facial surgery. Pierre, you see, broke his terrifying old beak during a pick-up game with some other mascots.

As you'll see in the video above, which was shown during Wednesday night's Bucks-Pelicans game, Pierre got his beak job. He was bandaged up like a Real Housewives character for a little while, which is a horrifying premise in its own right, but the end result is a much more welcoming -- and less menacing -- mascot.

Like Pierre, the Pelicans -- an oft-relocated and oft-renamed franchise -- are still finding their identity. The Pierre fiasco doesn't exactly bode well, but having a phenom big man in newly minted All-Star Anthony Davis sure helps:

Davis Replaces Kobe As All-Star

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Skip February 14 2014 at 7:40 AM

I remember the New Orleans Pelican Franchise from the early 50s. My dad use to take me to Pelican Stadium on Tulane & Carrollton, but, I had a well adjusted childhood by not seeing Pierre.

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belldn3 February 14 2014 at 8:06 AM

What!?

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qidusa February 14 2014 at 8:53 AM

WAIT TILL HE GETS THE BILL

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....MR. FARMER qidusa February 14 2014 at 9:32 AM

WAIT TILL HE GETS "THE BILL". HA HA HA I GET IT !!! "WAIT TILL HE GETS THE BILL" HA HA HA !!! QIDUSA IS A TRUE COMEDIC GENIUS !!! QUIUSA !!! HA HA HA CLEVER SPELLING !!! QUIUSA = KIDUSA IS THIS GUY WRITING FOR DAVE LETTERMAN ??? HE SHOULD 'CUZ LETTERMAN'S WRITERS SUCK LIKE A _______ !!! (ADD YOUR OWN FINISH)

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KATHI AND JOHN qidusa February 14 2014 at 9:35 AM

good

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Joey February 14 2014 at 9:56 AM

Pelicans are actually very smart, and best in the game of catching fish from above.............

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GH February 14 2014 at 11:44 AM

The Pelican is the Louisiana state bird - they are amazing - they can dive into the water and come up with their catch with amazing agility and accuracy - also, they fly in tandem, actually they glide and it's really beautiful to watch!

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bleepsn1034 February 14 2014 at 9:12 AM

Stupidest name Iv'e heard for a professional sports team in a very long time. How many people actually sat around and got paid to come up with that name? It's really a Junior high school team name, C,mon Really.

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buxguynw February 14 2014 at 9:15 AM

Just another way for Greedy owners and playes to get moeny out of the fans pockets

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