The first two of the dozens of rescued birds were released into the wild at Huntington Beach on Wednesday after wildlife was killed and threatened off the coast of Orange County after recovering from a major oil spill.
One flying, the other glistening on the water, a ruddy duck and an earless poor man returned home after getting some help from local wildlife restoration experts.
It took days to thoroughly wash and condition the duck in the outdoor pool for release. The first and later pictures show a bird that was once painted black with oil, apparently smiling after cleaning it.
Dr Michael Zack Cardi, director of the Wildlife Care Network, said: “They are two of the first animals to be highly lipid-affected.
But the work for rescuers is not over.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network, the main group working to help oil-covered birds, has recovered a total of 73 birds, 28 of which are still alive.
As thousands of gallons of crude oil were heading into the Pacific Ocean, teams set out in search of oil-covered animals north of Bolsa Chika and as far as Laguna Beach.
The search continues after about two weeks.
Ziccardi told KTLA that releasing just two birds is an important milestone.
“We really feel that every bird is important,” he said. “These animals were oily due to an accident caused by us. Really, it’s a human injury to them, and we really feel that if it’s really possible, we should try to repair the damage.” There is responsibility.
According to Oil, Talbert Marsh is an environmental reserve home to about 90 species of birds. Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy..
Of the coastal birds recovered so far, rescuers have found seven ice floes, according to the Wildlife Care Network.
According to Ziccardi, the Snowy Plover, a small gray-winged bird, is endangered and highly sensitive.
The young birds are still not ready for release, but have been washed and are undergoing a conditioning process that will help make their feathers waterproof.
When the birds are found, they are taken back to a rehabilitation facility in Huntington Beach, where they receive warmth, food and rest before being taken to the Los Angeles Oil Bird Care and Education Center for washing and treatment. ۔ Oily Wildlife Care Network
The next step is to return to the wild, when the birds are ready.
Officials urge that the most important way to help is to avoid touching the oil-covered animals and report to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926 instead. ۔