FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) -- The smallest victims may be the biggest
challenge for crews rescuing birds fouled with oil from the Gulf of
Some have gotten separated from their parents, or lost them when
they died in a slick. Lucky orphans are taken to a cleaning center
at Fort Jackson, La., where they are tended to by The International
Bird Rescue Research Center.
Pelican chicks often come in cold because oil has matted down
the fluffy down that's meant to keep them warm. They must be warmed
quickly just so they'll survive long enough to get cleaned. And the
youngest have to be taught to eat.
Baby terns can be smaller than a tennis ball, making it harder
to keep them warm.
Baby sea turtles may be luckier because they don't need to learn
life skills from a parent.