Recently, some experts have voiced the opinion that birds found covered in oil as a result of the Gulf of Mexico spill should be euthanized rather than rescued, cleaned, and, hopefully, released so they can continue to lead a full life. As they say, the attempt to rehabilitate them is often futile.
Others think that since we're the ones that got them into this mess, we should do everything we can to help the wildlife recover. Unfortunately, we can't save them all, but bird rescue leaders are confident that many can be saved.
Since many affected animals, such as the brown pelican, are already endangered, isn't it worth it to rescue as many as we can?
-Perry Del Favero, Editorial Intern
Image courtesy of the International Bird Rescue Research Center