Images and reports of oil-drenched wildlife that's dead or slowly dying are starting to emerge. At least one cleanup workers alleges that BP is trying to keep such disturbing pictures out of the public eye.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 522 dead birds have been found along the Gulf Coast. At least 38 were oiled, 365 do not show any visible oil and the remaining 119 are unclassified.
BP CEO Tony Hayward 'I'd Like My Life Back.' So far 82 oiled birds have been rescued — 63 in Louisiana, 10 in Alabama, eight in Florida and one in Mississippi. CBS News has gut-wrenching video of oil-covered birds in distress, including the brown pelican, Louisiana's state bird, which for many years was on the Endangered Species List.
An unidentified cleanup worker took a New York Daily News reporter on a clandestine tour of the hidden wildlife carnage in Louisiana, accusing the BP of keeping the media at bay.
"There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don't want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It's important to me that people know the truth about what's going on here," the contractor said. "The things I've seen: They just aren't right. All the life out here is just full of oil. I'm going to show you what BP never showed the president."
After checking that he was unobserved, he motored out to Queen Bess barrier island, known to the locals as Bird Island.
The grasses by the shore were littered with tarred marine life, some dead and others struggling under a thick coating of crude.
"When you see some of the things I've seen, it would make you sick," the contractor said. "No living creature should endure that kind of suffering."
Queen Bess Island was the first place where fledglings were born when the beloved, endangered Louisiana brown pelicans were reintroduced in the 1970s. Their population rebounded and was finally declared stabilized in 2002.
Now their future is once again in doubt. In what had been such an important hatchery, hundreds of pelicans — their white heads stained black — stood sentinel. They seemed slow and lethargic.
More oil-soaked birds arrived at cleaning stations today, as Louisiana officials continued to patrol the marshes and beaches, more from this source..........
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