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Oiled pelicans cleaned and released

ROCKPORT, TX (AP) - More than five dozen brown pelicans rehabilitated after being contaminated by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been released in Texas. The 62 pelicans arrived on Coast Guard cargo planes on Wednesday and were taken to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 175 miles south of Houston.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other groups released the pelicans and one Northern Gannet, another seabird. Wednesday's release was the largest to date since the offshore oil rig exploded on April 20, triggering the massive oil spill. U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Nancy Brown says the refuge was chosen because it has the coastal habitat the pelicans need and was already home to a population of brown pelicans.

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