The New Orleans Pelicans have today confirmed that polarising mascot Pierre the Pelican will undergo a long overdue makeover, after suffering a broken beak in a pick-up game with a host of NBA mascots.
Pierre needs reconstructive surgery and will be transformed in a special short feature to be broadcast by FOX during half-time of the Pelican's match against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 12.
New Orleans confirmed in a short official statement that Pierre picked up the 'problem' after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz during a pick-up game earlier this week, which also featured Gumbo from the local NFL franchise Saints.
Concussion and a broken beak mean one of the NBA's most distinctive mascots will have a whole new look, with Pelicans fans invited to join in the makeover by checking out his recovery tomorrow night.
Pelicans team physician Dr. Mathew McQueen even joined in by announcing that he will perform the complicated procedure, taking time out from dealing with the roster to reconstruct Pierre's beak.
He said: "This will be a rather unconventional surgery for us. I am not sure we have something to compare this to.
"It will be quite complicated and will require the use of some unconventional tools and instruments to reconstruct his beak.”
Pelicans fans have been asked to send Pierre their best wishes on Twitter by using the hashtag #GetWellPierre, with a further update on his condition expected later tonight.