Thanks to Colleen Young who shared this article with us.
On March 18, 2013, 27,000 gallons of diesel were leaked from a pipeline located near the northern boundary Willard Bay State Park in Utah. Thanks to the dams of six beavers, it appears that no petroleum reached the nearby ecologically significant Great Salt Lake marsh or the Willard Reservoir that provides drinking water, irrigation, recreation and wildlife habitat for the Salt Lake City region.
While the beavers are the true heroes in this story, they paid dearly. All six were oiled and were washed multiple times. Luckily three of the beavers are responding well. However the remaining three had severe burns due to the diesel. Their prognosis for return to the wild is more uncertain. I wonder if we could train sea otters or common murres to wear PPE & lay boom?
We send our best wishes out to the beavers and to our wildlife rehabilitator colleagues who are caring for the heroes!
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