Horrific Pics Of Birds Caught In The BP Oil Spill

Submitted by: peloos12 6 years ago
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/caught_in_the_oil.html

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Male 478
A few points.
-Oh dear. A few pelicans amidst the hundreds of thousands of other pelicans.
-This is still only half as big as the Exxon Valdez.
-Stop using this for you political agenda. Accident happen and it`s not a big deal as long as the person takes responsibility for it. This counts towards those bailouts!
-Rather than freezing assets (I don`t see where that would actually get anyone), BP is just to be liable for all damages done. You break it, you buy it.
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Female 961
Makes me sick.

Dear BP,
All of your assets should be frozen until you fix this. You should have had a plan that worked in place.
you.hurt.my.heart.
Love
Earth
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Male 12,138
Hey Madest, I`m man enough to admit I was wrong. This is a massive clusterf*ck. I (wrongly) assumed they were going to be able to plug this at the first attempt, many weeks ago.
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Male 364
There`s no argument against the fact that we are dependant on oil. Fact is there`s been a big $%£& up and it needs to be sorted asap. There`s nothing we can do about the dead men and dead birds, its now about fixing the oil spill, avoiding further leakage, helping out the wildlife thats been hurt and seriously think about converting to other power sources.

Not that it matters, an Iranian nuke will kill us all first anyway.
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Female 2
Yeah the oil just hit the beach where I live. I`ll be one of the volunteers working to clean it up and assist the wildlife.
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Male 1,149
"The spill is relatively small compared with the very big ocean.."

Yeah fu*k you Tony Hayward.
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Female 10
that`s NOT okay. :( Poor birds. Ugh.
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Male 877
when do you think the `fake PR bird clean up` will happen?...lots of people cleaning a hundred birds when an unimagineable figure have already died, lest we forget all the other life that isnt on the shore....and then theres us at the top of the food chain ingesting the chemicals for generations...an unquantifiable diaster...although, is it me or has the media been a little less vocal than when the exon valdeze broke up?
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Female 1,101
Also if your bored google residential wind turbines.
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Female 1,101
@Titana they also ILLEGALLY filled out their own inspection forms, so it`s more then acting unethically or doing bad business. They have at least some fault legally.

Also I never said that we need to switch from oil to another power source immediatley, that`s another arguement. The only point I was trying to make is that BP is in part to blame for the oil spill and that tax payers are going to have to help pay to clean it up. Which is true.

@Justjason44 I think you are over dramatizing what people have said. I haven`t seen anyone on here say that the world was going to end because of the oil leak. I guess you`re being sarcastic there too, but what point are you trying to make with your sarcasm? That we shouldn`t be upset about the biggest oil leak off our coast yet? I hardly think your sarcasm prooves that.

And yes to it sucks that 11 people died, but that doesn`t precude me from feeling sorry for the birds too.
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Female 21
that`s awful. why hasn`t something been done yet?
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Female 60
Im from LA, and the brown pelican is our state bird :( they are usually very majestic birds..how sad for all the wildlife and people who are being affected
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Male 34
swim in and out, and viola. a lock ness monster
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Male 239
Well if the pelicans weren`t brown before, they are now :L

Too soon?
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Male 331
Where the hell is PETA, I told them to be here an hour ago.
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Male 97
davymid you are such a selfish no good excuse for a human.. Who cares that people died. It`s about the birds. It`s about the evil that is BP. It`s about how the world is going to END because of this ONE spill. There`s NEVER been ANY thing like this before it`s all going to END!!!

I wonder how many people read that and at some point cheered it on. For some who read this allow me to explain.. that first bit is called satire. Probably a bit more sarcastic than necessary.. but you really should read the idiotic rants I`ve seen you post on this topic.

And before anyone gets their panties knotted also notice I didn`t direct this comment AT anyone. If you feel it was directed AT you.. then you are likely guilty of being an idiot as previously mentioned.
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Male 153
all of this is our fault. We did this
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Male 26
Sadly, I am used to that kind of pictures.
1967: Torrey Canyon, 1978: Amoco Cadiz, 1989: Exxon Valdez,1999: Erika. Oil spill had been on
headlines ever since.
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Female 46
davymid, I care about the birds more.
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Male 12,138
Just looking for a little reality check here, as we all rage comments on I-Am-F*cking-Bored on our plastic computers, after making an internet comment, maybe driving to the nearest McDonalds (in our cars, natch) for a snack. You maybe paid with plastic, who knows?

Oil companies are filling a demand. And that demand is coming from us, as consumers. We want it all, but aren`t willing to pay for it. I guess my concluding sentiment is that we suck, as a species.

On that depressing note, I`m off to bed. Feel free to flame me and/or BP as you type retorts on your keyboards, sending millions of bits of information down those fibre-optic wires.
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Male 12,138
What saddens me a bit (as a former oil rig worker, so bear in mind I have a biased view) that everyone`s losing their sh*t over pictures of birds with oil on them. Everyone seems to have forgotten the 11 men that died on that rig. Eleven fathers, eleven brothers, eleven sons. They`ve been relegated to a footnote in history. Sad.

I mean, one could sensibly make the case that oil riggers in the Gulf of Mexico contirbute just as much (more?) to modern American society than do the soldiers overseas. These guys go in there knowing that the job`s dangerous, it has it`s risks, and any small incident could result in loss of lives.

Hell, at least oil riggers know they`re contributing to America (as I`ve stated before 20 millions barrels per day consumed by America alone). Dead soldiers in Iraq on the pretence of hoking out those pesky non-existent WMDs, not so much.
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Male 76
@xxpinkxx, no it`s not the same. the world isn`t dependent on apple juice.
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Male 2,033
This is exactly why we sloths stay in trees. No oil on us!
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Female 119
yeah its bad business, but that`s life. its tragic really.

you could hardly replace oil with windfarms, their completely different power sources.
lets face it, at the moment without oil the world would come to a grinding halt, its sad but true.

so no amount of boohooing or protesting outside the BP offices is going to make any difference. oil is worth more then us to these people, so a few birds aren`t even a blip on their radar.

besides, we`ve had more significant loses in the pursuit of oil.
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Female 1,101
*BP isn`t going to fix it and even a retard knows that (is what I meant)
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Male 364
Is anyone helping these birds?
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Female 1,101
@Titania yea well it`s stupid business. Now they are going to have to pay a lot more to help clean it up, although they won`t have to foot the whole bill they`ll have to foot more than the $500,000 it would have cost to put it in and writing up their own saftey inspections? That`s illegal. So yes I do think this is at least in part BP`s fault.

And personally I would rather have the wind farm because although a few birds or whatever might die in the propellors they won`t be made to suffer in some disgusting carcinogenic glop for our "advancement".

BP is going to fix it and even a retard knows that. American citizens are going to have to foot the bill. Under the Bush Administration they passed laws that limit the liability of oil companies to pay for clean up.

Oh yeah and I`m sure it`s so worth it for the people who live near it and have lost their lively hoods fishing and for the residents who are at risk having their ground water polluted
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Female 56
So, who wants to save the world with me????!!!!!
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Female 803
i`m no environmentalist but seriously. there are so many other forms of energy available (such as wind and geothermal) that there`s no reason to keep using oil the way we do.
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Female 470
This is so SAD. I didn`t think it`d be that bad...but that`s horrible. Poor, poor birds. =(
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Female 4,376
:-( BIRDIES!!!!! Why birdies... :-(
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Male 221
@IshiiDaFishy

Way to tell those enviromentalists!
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Female 346
Heartbreaking :(
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Female 467
omg that was so funny
im so mean for LOL`n
:O
but.. they look like chocolate :O yum
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Male 773
"Why didnt they put these animals out of thier misery humainly instead of doing foto ops...REMEMBER Why they are drilling so far out? ENVIROMENTALISTS,
Why didnt they burn the oil as a response to the spill? The spill could have been contained within a square mile of surfacing and burned off but ENVIROMENTALISTS forbid it... Why couldnt they build dikes to protect the shoreline ENVIROMENTALISTS, forbid it.
... So ENVIROMENTALISTS increased the magnitude and SEVERITY of this disaster. "

Some of the comments on that page are quite realistic.
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Male 17
Those birds have no idea what they are doing.
First you bread then fry in oil.
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Female 119
its our fault, not BP`s fault.

the safety valve wasn`t mandatory, so they didn`t install it. it may be morally wrong, by hey, thats business. if they can save their selves even a few quid their going to do it. it happens in every business.

its all about getting the goods closer to home, were we dont have to negotiate, bribe, lick some third world countrys arse.

give it a couple of years and all these people who are moaning will be crowing with delight about how the price of petrols gone down.

boo hoo, a few birds are sticky. im sorry but i couldn`t give a rats arse. its the same with the wind farms over here. "oh no if you build that wind farm all these little newts are gonna die" bullpoo, we`re going to have to make decisions like this at some point, may as well be now. the earths natural resources aren`t going to last forever, even a retard knows this.

and with BP, mistakes happen. but when they fix it, it`ll be worth all your wh
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Female 1,101
@Justjasson44 You miss my point. I am not just having an "emotional reaction" because someone showed me a picture of a bird covered in oil. I am having an "emotional reaction" to the FACT that BP was to cheap to install an emergency shut off valve and to the FACT that they unethically wrote up their own "government" inspections. I`m not just reacting to a picture of a bird, I am reacting to FACTS.

And sure, Alaska`s coastline might be "fine" now but guess who helped pay for that? American Tax Payers that is who. So yea, I hope they lock up the officials who broke the law and illegally allowed BP to do their own inspections and yea I hope they change the law to make emergency shut off valves mandatory, because I don`t want to have to help pay for another clean up. AND YES THE BIRD MAKES ME MAD TOO BECAUSE I HAVE A HEART.
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Male 363
"i still say BOYCOTT BP!!! WHO IS WITH ME?"

Are you serious? You can`t boycott oil, it`s the most sought after resource on the face of the earth. The only thing you can hope for is that BP goes bankrupt after they spend all their money cleaning up the mess they made and that all the people who work for BP find new jobs.
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Female 1,427
"The point of "drill baby drill" is to start to reduce US dependence on foreign oil. Doing so could help stop the slaughter in politically volatile countries of our soldiers and their innocent civilians.

But ok, most Americans, except soldier families, have apparently grown numb to the body count (Tiger`s harem is MUCH more important). But, we will sit up and pay attention when gasoline jumps up to $4 a gallon and Wonder bread sells for $4 a loaf. At that point a few oily pelicans will be a small price for feeding ourselves and holding our society together. "

Agreed. If it comes down to several more dead birds, versus several more dead soldiers....

... Oil-covered pelican`s probably tasty once you wash it off anyway.
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Female 3,828
@ xxsevynxx

This isnt our fault because we buy oil.

If an apple juice truck explodes from not having safty inspections, and kills 10 people,and destroys the road, it isnt our fault because we buy apple juice. Thats just stupid. this is basically the same thing.
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Female 3,598
i still say BOYCOTT BP!!! WHO IS WITH ME?
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Female 3,828
The Alaskan coast ISNT back to notmal. thay are STILL finding oil, and very negative effects from the oil spill in the coral and vegetation up north and its been decades. Just because you say something, doesnt make it true.
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Male 2,229
Wait for the storms to hit, then the "real poo" will be ALL over the southern states. Fishing is affected now, after a tropical depression or a light to mild hurricane passes thru, water ways all over, farm land and any thing else that`s in the path of the storms, are up poo creek. And that mess will be a thousand time worse since it`ll the combination of water, and unrefined gasoline/kerosene with oil. It`ll get into everything. If the clean up doesn`t kick it up, the entire fortune of BP and what ever financial liquidity the Fed government has won`t been enough to clean up not just to coast but entire states from eastern Texas to western Florida to southern Arkansas and Tennessee.
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Female 3,598
ok, so you`re saying that because this guy took a picture that he doesn`t care? i just want to know what exactly your point is? what if he snapped the pic, THEN picked up the bird and cleaned it off? (which would be pointless right now because it would fly right back into the oil) AND by the way, people SHOULD get emotional over this. its a BIG FREAKING DEAL.
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Male 915
nothing wrong with eliciting am emotional response in this situation. these photos are disgusting and hopefully moves enough of the public to make the people responsible pay adequately for this absolute clusterf*ck. i for one become more incensed every day about this.
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Female 3,598
@justjason, what money are you talking about? i`m sure this photographer gets money from all sorts of pictures he takes, not just of the disaster... and what is your point exactly? are you saying thousands if not millions of animals are going to be killed but because it`ll EVENTUALLY get cleaned up it`s not a big deal? And why shouldn`t we get pictures of the problems this is causing? BP is currently restricting all press access to the coast and they have the governments help by way of the coast guard. they aren`t even allowing flyovers in planes of the area because they don`t want people to know how bad it really is... and if you`re comparing this to the Exxon Valdez disaster, yeah that was bad too. but this is like 10x`s worse. and it`s still going on.
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Male 97
Actually.. let me amend my comment...

It`s about money. Getting the pic that elicits an emotional reaction is easy money. Fixing the problem... doesn`t pad the wallet.
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Female 14
FlameOfUdun - dont be a dickhead!

there are hundreds of birds,turtles, and other wildlife dying slow horrible deaths because of this f-up.. those pictures dont even show the half of it.. pull your head out of your ass and look at the bigger picture!!
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Female 93
@flameofudun I really hope you`re being sarcastic.
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Male 97
@SmilinSam

Yes.. it`s habitat is irrevocably destroyed! OMG! What are I thinking? Oh.. wait.. yeah... have you noticed that after clean-up the Alaskan coast is pretty much back to normal? That was the site of another horrific spill. Thanks for proving my point.

It`s about getting an emotional reaction. Not about fixing anything.
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Female 1,101
@Flame I`m sure it`s not just the 8 birds that people are worked up over. It`s that BP`s greed is causing animals to suffer. But stupid BP didn`t want to pay for the emergency shut off system to close the valve in case of emergency, instead they paid off us government officials so that they could fill out their own inspection sheets! May those a** ***** rot in prison.
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Female 257
the pelican is staring into my soul O.o
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Male 5,194
YAY! Sludgebirds, FINALLY. Been waiting and waiting and waiting...
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Male 180
The point of "drill baby drill" is to start to reduce US dependence on foreign oil. Doing so could help stop the slaughter in politically volatile countries of our soldiers and their innocent civilians.

But ok, most Americans, except soldier families, have apparently grown numb to the body count (Tiger`s harem is MUCH more important). But, we will sit up and pay attention when gasoline jumps up to $4 a gallon and Wonder bread sells for $4 a loaf. At that point a few oily pelicans will be a small price for feeding ourselves and holding our society together.
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Male 1,220
Wow. I`ve never seen so many people get worked up over, like, 8 not even dead birds. One mistake and people think the world has fallen into chaos.
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Male 12,138
Hey Madest, I`m man enough to admit I was wrong. This is a massive clusterf*ck. I (wrongly) assumed they were going to be able to plug this at the first attempt, many weeks ago.
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Male 180
@Seastone

We`re not hopelessly pathetic in La. In fact just the opposite. When left alone, we took care of ourselves and our state after Hurricanes Rita, Gustav, and Ike in short order.

Federal government invaded us during Katrina and turned away droves of help at N.O. city limits at gunpoint. In this oil spill the fed B.O. first sends down a SWAT team (wtf?!?) and then dragged their feet for 2 weeks on Jindal`s request to let locals get to work protecting the coast. Then after it`s too late for that, B.O. flies down and poses for some pics and has a meeting with some college professors, and then flies back to the golf course in Chicago.

The biggest help anyone can do is tell the federal gov`t to leave us the hell alone and let us clean our state, our home.
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Female 3,598
@justjason, why clean it off when it has nowhere to go but straight back into the oil? it`s HABITAT is destroyed it has NO CHANCE at ANY kind of life.
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Male 2,050
Drill baby drill. Go drat yourself Sara Palin you dirty mean person.
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Male 97
Here`s what makes me curious. Why spend sooo much time getting the perfect "sad" shot. The one that will rip and pull at the heartstrings...

How about you grab the d*mn bird and clean the sh*t off so it can live a better life?

I know.. common sense loses to making a buck.
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Male 25,416
Thats horrible to see!
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Female 1,894
this is why my family doesnt use cars and why if u live in a city u shouldnt be using cars EITHER
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Female 1,894
this is F ing great...that pelican is like FML
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Female 3,598
WE ALL HAVE THE POWER TO SEND A MESSAGE TO BP. BOYCOTT THEIR STATIONS!!!
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Male 289
"sure its been 40 days, but unless you have the knowledge of how to stop a geyser a mile beneath the surface how can you criticize them? "
The same way if your drink and drive and kill someone, you get blamed. They purposely bypassed numerous safety protocols in the name of profit. They have virtually no research into how to clean up any natural disaster that they cause, even though they make Billions in PROFIT every year.
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Male 2,033
@66stang

Most people have the knowledge to test backup and failsafe devices on things that can do things like destroy entire ecosystems.

Oh and hey, we already know what fixes this problem from the LAST time it happened. Relief wells.....of course those are expensive so lets waste a few months and kill as much poo as we can before spending a dime on a proper solution to our idiocy.
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Female 221
Man this is so sad,
it really did bum me out and I wish I had the money or power to do something.
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Male 5,190
Sadness. :(
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Male 225
sure its been 40 days, but unless you have the knowledge of how to stop a geyser a mile beneath the surface how can you criticize them?
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Male 180
Sad - Brown Pelicans are awesome birds.

Barry & US Congress are all blow and no show. BP will fire someone and then they`ll go in for interrogation which will drag on monotonously for 2 - 3 weeks, beyond the attention span of the average American. Then, they`ll slip out the back door while we pee our pants & dab our eyes over the next crisis, like voter fraud on American Idol or the sexcapades of some pro athlete.

BP donated huge to Obama and House & Senate campaigns. No way it gets more than a slap. BP isn`t even American - it`s British, owned by the Queen and the New World Order / IMF types ... as are Obama and most of Congress.
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Female 612
I`m wearing a Louisiana disaster relief shirt right now from when I went after Katrina. Looks like they need me and my group back there again, now. Louisiana is just screwed every few years, isn`t it?
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Male 363
They look like chocolate birds
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Female 48
@p0l4r21 this goes well beyond a mistake. The initial leak was a mistake, their failures to make it top priority to stop the leak is not. We are on 40 some odd days now, do you make the same mistakes for 40+ days in a row? Most normal human beings do not.
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Male 76
I think it`s funny how everybody acts like BP is evil. you are ALL the problem if you don`t like oil, stop driving, stop using anything with plastic in it. you all use oil everyday, things are going to happen. I`m sure BP would much rather drill on land but you greenies are like NO do it out in the middle of the ocean. where more things can go wrong. Granted this is BP`s mess and they are trying to clean it up. I don`t know why you act like they did this on purpose. OH i know cause it`s been drilled into your heads since you were young that big oil companies are evil. Thank you captain planet.
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Male 808
To be fair, we are doing more extensive damage up here in Canada with our Tar Sands-check out this link and educate yourself Tar Sands
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Male 504
poo happens if you are truly against this stop using everything that is petroleum based. If you are driving your car you have no right to bitch because you want that oil so you can drive places. So what one company made a mistake it has happened enough god damn times and on greater scales. Stop drating crying over some birds in oil people drat up and there are consequences.
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Female 1,148
UGH.

BP should burn in hell.
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Female 5,139
Thats really sad :/ :(
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Male 302
What do peta mean when they say animals don`t want to be eaten? These birds are preparing themselves to be deep fried!
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Female 4,039
Now we will sart seeing those feel good commercials and corporate propaganda videos with all the cute wildlife getting bubble baths in Dawn. Like wildlife is okay with us giving them bubble baths in dish soap on a good day, never mind after they`ve been stuck in a pile of toxic goo for a few weeks. That`s so sad. And I think that is the same two birds, `cuz I saw Coop covering this a day or two ago. Not that there`s only two of them. I`m rambling.
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Female 45
Aww, that`s terrible :(
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Male 6,694
Wow. Its so thick and nasty. Poor birds. Oh well, BP said that they are sorry so its all ok now. Right? NOT.
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Male 774
:(
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Male 731
Interestingly enough, one reason you`re not going to see a lot of pictures is because BP doesn`t want people taking pictures.

Of course, that won`t stop all pictures from getting through.
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Male 1,108
Tuna`s been sold in oil for years.
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Female 101
So sad....
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Male 978
good job bp
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Male 2,033
This should be retitled "Some dude takes multiple pictures of the same two brown pelicans."
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Male 731
Imagine what will happen if we don`t get all of that stuff out of there and a hurricane hits.
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Male 3,819
Link: Horrific Pics Of Birds Caught In The BP Oil Spill [Rate Link] - Don`t view if you get bummed out easily.
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