First Oiled Bird Arrives at Wildlife Center After Major Spill Off California Coast

The first bird affected by a major oil spill off the the coast of Orange County arrived at the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, California, on October 3.

At least 126,000 gallons spilled from a broken pipeline around three miles from the shore on Saturday, October 2, endangering local wildlife and habitats, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said.

A local conservation group reported professional crews were working at “full speed” to clean the oil from wetlands. The spill also forced the suspension of fishing in the affected coastal area.

This video shared by the City of Huntington Beach, who said it was taken on October 3, shows the first oiled bird arriving at the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center.

An investigation into the cause of the spill was ongoing, the Coast Guard reported. Credit: Matt Liffreing/City of Huntington Beach via Storyful

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