BAYTOWN — For oiled birds taken from polluted shores and waters around Galveston Bay, sanctuary is a pet carrier in a trailer in an equipment yard not far from Interstate 10.
It’s there that Wildlife Response Services has set up a rehabilitation unit for animals harmed by the oil spill that began in the bay Saturday afternoon.
“There have been a lot of people working very hard in preparation for taking in a lot of birds,” said Rhonda Murgatroyd, the group’s founder and managing director.
Cleaning the birds is an intensive process. Workers must don white Tyvek suits, two pairs of gloves that are sealed off at the wrist with tape, a face mask and goggles before handling an animal. The trailer where the birds are being kept is cramped and smells of oil fumes.
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