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Gulf oil spill: Animals at risk

May 1, 2010, 8:04 a.m.
Dr. Erica Miller gives a dose of Pepto-Bismol to a northern gannet covered in oil

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

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Northern gannet

Dr. Erica Miller of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research gives a dose of Pepto-Bismol on April 30 to a northern gannet covered in oil at a facility in Fort Jackson. According to Audubon, populations of these large coastal egrets have dwindled due to habitat loss. As specialized residents of coastal environments, they have nowhere else to go if their feeding and nesting grounds are fouled by oil.