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- Officials at Florida Wildlife Hospital say, of the four birds that have been brought in, three have died or been put down.
An oil slick near Central Florida has sent several birds to a Brevard County wildlife hospital.
Officials at Florida Wildlife Hospital say, of the four birds that have been brought in, three have died or been put down. The oil the birds encounter prevents their feathers from insulating the cold.
“They get hypothermic very quickly, and it weighs them down. They’re not able to fly. And on top of that, they’re trying to preen it off, so they ingest it and it gets them from outside and inside,” said Florida Wildlife Hospital’s Tracy Frampton.
NBC-affiliate WESH-TV say the Coast Guard is using aircraft and satellites to find the source of the oil.
The wildlife hospital runs exclusively on donations and asks the public for help should they run into any more birds covered in oil.