How to Clean an Oiled Duck

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Veterinarians clean an oil-covered brown pelican at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on May 15, 2010 in Buras, Louisiana. The bird was rescued from Grand Isle two days before. (John Moore/Getty)

Day 36, and oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Volunteers from all over the country are heading to the shores of Louisiana and Mississippi to help in any way they can. A lot of these volunteers are training to save and clean animals that have been affected by the oil, particularly birds, whose oil-soaked feathers prevent them from flying and keeping warm. 

Sharon Schmalz is the executive director of Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education in Houston, Texas. She helps instruct volunteers on the proper way to clean an animal covered in oil, using ducks and Dawn.

Guests:

Sharon Schmalz

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

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