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Dozens of pelicans treated after oil spill released

Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 07:35 AM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released dozens of pelicans affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The birds are from an area around Houma, La. They arrived at Fort De Soto Park this afternoon and were released shortly thereafter.

The birds were rehabilitated at a facility at Fort Jackson in Louisiana after being soaked in oil. They were picked up about two weeks ago.

Most of the birds flew away immediately. Scientists expect the birds to stay in the Tampa area because it is a good environment for them.

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