Pedee the Pelican, reported missing in February from the Louisiana Lions Camp for Crippled Children, has been replaced with “Re-Pete.” And this bird is secure.

GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN of Leesville stepped in and replaced the three-foot-tall cement pelican mascot, weighing in around 90 pounds. Re-Pete was recently painted by participants from Camp Pelican for children with respiratory disorders.

Last year marked with Pedee as a gift to commemorate the 30th anniversary for Camp Pelican.

When Pedee was discovered missing, Lions Camp Executive Director Ray Cecil said the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted. Posts were also made on Facebook to try and find the statue, to no avail.

“Stealing is not nice,” Cecil said. “It was terribly kind of GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN and Tony (McDonald) to get us a new pelican.”

Re-Pete has been installed with security in mind. “The entire monument would have to be destroyed to remove it,” Cecil said.

The Louisiana Lions Camp is a free summer program for children from around the state who have mental and physical disabilities, diabetes and pulmonary problems.