Oiled Mallards

Orange County Animal Control officers recently collected two oiled mallard ducks and delivered them to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) in Huntington Beach. These birds were recovered in the area where an oil pipeline was discovered to be leaking on April 14. The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center is one of the original members of the OWCN and one of our 12 primary care facilities.

Both birds are stable, but the most heavily oiled one has corneal injuries and skin burns caused by direct contact with the oil. To prevent additional injuries, the bird was quickly washed to remove most of the oil. A more thorough wash will have to wait until it’s stronger.

-Greg Massey

One of the two oiled ducks being tube fed. Oiled birds often are sick and reluctant to eat. (Debbie McGuire)

Tube feeding one of the two oiled ducks. Oiled birds often are sick and reluctant to eat. (Debbie McGuire)

The wash process is highly stressful for the bird

The washing process is highly stressful for the bird and its handlers. (Debbie McGuire)

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