Sunday, October 3, 2010

proses pembersihan burung pelican akibat kebocoran minyak di Teluk Meksik

Baru2 ini kan ada tuh kejadian kebocoran minyak di Teluk Meksiko yg berakibat pada terganggunya ekosistem air laut di sana. Salah satunya berdampak buruk pada burung2 pelican di sana, karena burung pelican mencari makan dgn cara menyelam ke dasar laut untuk mencari ikan. Karena itu, animal rescuer di sana melakukan pembersihan pada burung2 pelican yg tercemar minyak yg bocor.

Spoiler for pertama:
Cari burung pelican yg tercemar minyak

Pelicans need to be safely caught, transported to the cleaning site and then stabilized before they can be cleaned. Oil-covered birds are often exhausted, hungry, and at risk for hypo- or hyperthermia. They need to chill out before going through the stressful process of cleaning.

Rescuers in the Gulf have found 609 oiled covered birds so far. Birds can be held for as long as 5 days before being cleaned.

Spoiler for kedua:
Lumuri dengan minyak sayur yg hangat

The vegetable oil helps break up the oil clinging to the bird's feathers.

Spoiler for ketiga:
Cuci burung pelican 3x

In a bath of 1% blue Dawn, gently scrub the pelican. Use a tooth brush on the bill, cotton swabs around the eyes, and a soft towel but NO SOAP inside its mouth or in its creepy pouch.

This will take at least an hour, depending on the size of your pelican. You'll also need to work with a teammate who'll hold the pelican while you work.

Spoiler for keempat:
Bilas burung pelican

Once the washing's done (and your tubs of water have turned a dull brown with the oil and grime you've cleaned off), give your pelican a generous rinsing under a hose. Wildlife rescuers estimate a pelican cleaning can consume as much as 300 gallons of water.

Spoiler for kelima:
Keringkan dan biarkan hingga kesehatannya pulih kembali

You don't need to towel dry your bird, but sometimes they do get blown dry. After that, it's probably best to give it 7-10 days to recuperate, build up strength, and regrow lost feathers.


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