Birds Receive Treatment After Rescue From California Oil Spill

Dozens of birds were found dead and 27 were rescued after an estimated 25,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a damaged pipeline off the coast of southern California, wildlife responders said.

This footage by the US Coast Guard shows birds receiving treatment at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center in San Pedro on October 10.

The UC Davis Oiled Wildlife Care Network, of which Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care is a part, said responders from 14 of its member organizations recovered 65 birds, including 27 that were still alive and were being rehabilitated.

“While devastating, it could have been even worse,” the network said. “The spill occurred just after nesting season and before migratory season, a window of time with relatively few birds in the area.” Credit: US Coast Guard Los Angeles via Storyful

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