The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other local wildlife rehabilitation organisations are caring for nearly 60 ducks and geese affected by a jet fuel spill in the US.
The spill occurred at a holding facility, or tank farm in the state of Virginia, and, while the fuel was contained within a retention pond, the birds landed in that area and were then contaminated. Jet fuel is lighter than crude oil but is more highly volatile, which makes inhalation and ingestion a greater concern. In addition, volatile fuels can be very irritating to the skin. Of the 66 birds initially reported, less than 60 survived to be brought into care and number of those birds have had to be euthanized.
Approximately 75,000 US gallons of fuel was spilled, local residents near the tank farm were temporarily evacuated, and air quality will continue to be monitored. The company responsible for the spill has donated $2000.00 to the SPCA thus far. Actual costs for the care of the affected birds are not yet known.
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