Birds Released in Fla. After Rescue from Oil Spill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Six birds rescued from the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana have been released into Florida waters.

Federal wildlife officials transported the birds from a wildlife rehabilitation center in Buras, La., to the Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

The birds released Sunday included four brown pelicans, a northern gannet and a laughing gull. Officials said the birds had been cleaned of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contamination expert Sharon Taylor said as of Saturday, 66 live birds and 16 live sea turtles had been rescued from the spill. Taylor said the carcasses of 478 birds, 224 turtles and 25 dolphins also had been recovered.

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