On watching this picture my son exclaimed “Poor pelican! They can’t fly, can’t breate or eat! Its my favorite bird.”
The oil well under water is still leaking 20,000 to 40,000 barrels per day since the April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers and set the disaster in motion. This is a threatening situation for fish, sea birds and other wildlife. I wish humans are more careful and thoughtful. These birds faced an attack from an unseen enemy. My heart goes out to them. Most birds arrive at rescue centers hungry, dehydrated and exhausted, having neglected eating in the frantic struggle to clean themselves.
What are the chances of survival for a pelican (like the one in the picture)?
Scientists with the Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in California said it costs them $600 to $750 to clean a bird. Cleaning a single pelican can require 300 gallons of water. How many birds can these rescue missions save? Not many. I still appreciate their effort as they are trying to make a difference in the lives of our generations to come.
On the other hand more important role is to be played by the developed countries who claim to be the masters and have acquired the role of cleaning the world from all the elements endangering life on planet earth.
Their role somehow is amusing and confusing at the same time. The developed world does not want their citizens to be killed by weapons and yet they are the major producers and ‘users’ of these destructive weapons. The developed world wants the enviroment to be preserved and safe but they are the major destroyers as they produce maximum chemicals that leave the water, air and earth polluted. Only from 2000 to 2009, 72 spills dumped 18,000 barrels of oil into U.S. federal waters only.
Please save wildlife, save earth.