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A Little Bird Mired In Oil Illuminates A Big Problem

A Little Bird Mired In Oil Illuminates A Big Problem 04 Jun 2010 People around the world on Friday picked up newspapers or clicked on computers to see a heartbreaking image of a single bird covered in a layer of gunk that looked like melted chocolate. That gunk, of course, was oil, and that bird was found along the coast of East Grand Terre Island, La. And despite the horrific image, that little bird -- a laughing gull -- is lucky, according to Jay Holcomb, executive director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center, where the creature is being treated. Holcomb tells NPR’s Michele Norris that the bird was rescued early -- "so even though it's covered in oil and it's tired, it's in relatively decent shape."