Oil arrival raises wildlife concerns

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 19, 2010 at 5:52 PM

BURAS, Louisiana - In a small town just north of the recently oiled Southern Louisiana beaches, wildlife rescue groups are bracing for an influx.

Right now they have only three patients - two brown pelicans and a gull. All three were plucked from the goo in time to save their lives.

The pelicans get their poison on the open water, shore and marsh birds are now expected to pick up doses of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in their feeding and nesting areas.

It is no easy task catching the oiled birds when they are sighted but teams of wildlife experts are on the water every day. Oil is a persistent toxin that can kill in many ways.

If they get to the victims in time, rehabilitation experts say they have a good chance of saving them but say little birds won't live long after heavy exposures.

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