May 25, 2010 7:27 PM by Letitia Walker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The number of oiled birds and aquatic animals is rising as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill expands.
A Twitter message Tuesday from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports 67 calls and sightings of dead or oiled aquatic animals. It says the count is 45 in Alabama, 10 in Mississippi, eight in Louisiana, three in Florida and one in Texas.
Bird rescuers quote USF&W as saying 44 birds were taken to rescue centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida as of Monday. It says 16 have been released; 10 died or were euthanized, and 18 are being cared for.
It quotes the service as saying 333 have been found dead - including birds without any visible oil.
Ten birds currently in care are at Fort Jackson, La. Five are in Pensacola, Fla.; four in Theodore, Ala., and one in Gulfport, Miss.