By Bonnie Berkowitz and Todd Lindeman
The Washington Post

PLAQUEMINES, LA. - As inches-deep oil washes into nesting grounds and habitats along the Gulf Coast, animal rescuers have seen a surge in gunk-covered wildlife in the past week. The solution is not a quick hosing off but a delicate process that takes days or weeks and results, ideally, in a healthy bird taking off over oil-free waters. Here is one brown pelican's trip from rescue to recovery:

TART: Rescued

nd: Released

SOURCE: Staff Reports; Graphic by Bonnie Berkowitz, Todd Lindeman and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post, June 12, 1010

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