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Animals scrubbed clean after U.S. oil spill

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 01:08

Pelicans and sea lions covered in oil are examined and scrubbed clean following a large oil spill along the coast of southern California. Yiming Woo reports.

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This pelican is being scrubbed clean of petroleum, after a large oil spill on California's coast. It's one of several who have been brought to a bird care centre. A pipeline near the Pacific coast burst a few days ago, and about 2,000 barrels of petroleum gushed out into the sea and surrounding beach. Some wildlife have been found dead, and experts fear a potential crisis. Oil affects the insulation of feathers and exposes birds to the cold. Christine Fiorello, a wildlife vet, says the pelicans should be alright after rehabilitation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESPONSE VETERINARIAN FOR THE OILED WILDLIFE CARE NETWORK AT UC DAVIS, CHRISTINE FIORELLO, SAYING: "We don't have a lot of data on how well they do after oiling and rehabilitation. We have some good data on a lot of other species, on some penguins for example, that do extremely well and go on to live normal life spans after so we have some good reasons to think that these birds will do just fine." Several sealions were also victims of the oil spill. Some have been brought to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned up and nursed back to health.

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Animals scrubbed clean after U.S. oil spill

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 01:08