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Derek Fisher (L) holds onto the shirt of Steven Botello as he tries to reach out to help an oil soaked bird that washed ashore at Refugio State Beach Campground in Goleta, California May 19, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. Picture taken May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lara Cooper/    MANDATORY CREDIT

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