Oil Spill: Animal Impact

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In less than a week, the rescue center at Fort Jackson has received more than five times as many oiled birds as it received in the previous six weeks since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began.

A report Wednesday from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows that the Louisiana center has reported 415 birds since the BP PLC well blew wild in April. Sixty-six of those had been reported by last Thursday. The number since then is 349, with 61 of them added since Tuesday.

Another 14 birds have been brought to the Alabama center, 12 in Florida and one in Mississippi.

Since the start of the spill, bird rescue crews have found 633 dead birds - about one in six visibly oiled.

A total of 32 sea turtles have been rescued, 28 of them in the Gulf of Mexico.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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