Geese Found Emaciated, Covered In Oil

A North Carolina bird rescue group is working to clean nearly 30 Canada geese found near a business park covered in oil and emaciated.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said on its Web site that it received a call on Tuesday about an oiled bird. The group responded and found 10 adult and 18 juvenile birds at various sites around a business park on the southwest side of Charlotte.

Group director Jennifer Gordon said Thursday that the birds underwent an initial washing on Tuesday and were to undergo a second round of washing Thursday evening. She said all the birds are doing well.

Gordon said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the incident.

Canadian geese are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

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