Posted: Jun 4, 2010 8:25 AM by Sharlee Barriere
FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) - In one day, the number of oiled birds
at Louisiana's rescue station more than doubled.
Authorities say 60 birds, including 41 pelicans, were coated
with oil on Thursday when strong winds blew a heavy slick from the
Gulf of Mexico spill to the rookery at Queen Bess Island, near
The oil was so heavy the birds looked as if they were melting.
A statement late Thursday night said the birds were being
rescued and taken to the rescue center at Fort Jackson.
Earlier Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported
that the rescue center at Fort Jackson had treated 66 oiled birds
and released 22 of them.