Pierre after surgery. Posted to New Orleans Pelicans Facebook page

New Orleans Pelicans mascot, Pierre, has undergone reconstructive beak surgery. This according to a statement released Monday by the Pelicans. The report goes on to say that Pierre broke his beak during a pickup basketball game with other NBA mascots.

Pierre…he is hardcore. He’s already put as much into his rehab as I have seen any athlete put into his rehabilitation.

The surgery took place at Ochsner Medical Clinic. Pelicans Team Physician Dr. Mathew McQueen performed the surgery after conferring with a team of experts including Carolyn Atherton, Curator of Birds for the Audubon Zoo.

In a statement released yesterday, team physician Dr. McQueen talked about the surgery and Pierre's forthcoming recovery.

“Pierre…he is hardcore. He’s already put as much into his rehab as I have seen any athlete put into his rehabilitation. He had a lot of help from his coworkers, supporters and fellow mascots,” McQueen said. “He’s already quicker, faster, and stronger. I haven’t seen anything like this in my life. Maybe there is something about bird recovery that is special. I wish we could see this in all the people we treat. It is amazing.”

Fans can wish Pierre well during his recovery using the hashtag #GetWellPierre and his Twitter handle @PierreTPelican

[Update: Pierre's new look has been revealed!]

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