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July 7th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Crews work feverishly to save oily birds found alive

(CNN) – As we hit day 79 of the BP oil disaster, a new report from National Geographic is raising more red flags about the impact the oil is having on threatened and endangered birds. Experts say cleanup crews working in sensitive areas are causing adult birds to abandon their young, and chicks and eggs are accidentally being trampled on. So far, the feds say more than 2,300 birds have been collected, but about 60% of them were already dead. Our John Zarrella reports on the crews working feverishly to save the ones found alive. Watch Video

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Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Smith in Oregon

    While saving the few birds and mammals that are capable of being saved from dieing a horrific painful death filled with toxic, poisonous Louisiana heavy crude Oil is totally commendable and greatly appreciated;

    The vast overall number of birds, mammals and sealife is Dead and Dying. Thousands of miles of now dead seafloor contain more dead fish, the bodys of mammals, shellfish and the eggs which generate a great percentage of aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico are all DEAD.

    A great shame is that the already endangered sea turtles that once called Louisiana Home, are unable to write. If they could write, I am certain the Republican party and it's Big Oil corrupted politicians would pack their bags and head out of town before America tarred and feathered them in utter disgrace.

    July 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  2. brian holt

    I just saw john zarrela's report on the wildlife cleanup. Im appald at the way cnn refered to the birds being "lucky" to be in the hands of the rescue workers.That statement is oximoronic, and, at the very least, should be refered to as an apology!

    July 7, 2010 at 11:14 am |