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Oiled birds released at Florida wildlife refuge

(Photo source: U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen) (Photo source: U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WLOX) - Workers in Louisiana are busy cleaning birds found covered in oil from the Gulf oil leak.  The birds were then flown to Florida for release in clean waters.  Several were released Sunday at the Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge near St. Petersburg, FL.

Three Brown Pelicans, two Northern Gannets and two Laughing Gulls were found oiled near Louisiana's coast.

The birds were rescued and cleaned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They were then transferred to Florida aboard a Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft.

Tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com, Trang Pham-Bui will have a report on how Mississippi's pelicans are faring during the coastal crisis.

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