How Do You Clean a Bird Covered in Oil?

oil soaked bird photo

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As the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster begins to wash ashore, more and more wildlife will become coated in the black gunk. Thankfully, biologists, conservationists, and volunteers will be on the scene, doing their best to clean the oily animals.

But how do they clean an oil-covered bird, anyway?Audubon writes:

From how oiled birds are cleaned to avian survival rates from previous spills, IBRRC provides offers in-depth answers to many questions about oil spills and birds. The group has responded to more than 100 oil spills, including Exxon Valdez in 1989, and cared for more than 140 different species of birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Read more about the oil spill:
BP Gulf Oil Spill Cheat Sheet: A Timeline of Unfortunate Events
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