Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Photo: Monitoring birds' progress in the stabilization room
Monitoring birds' progress in the stabilization room

Stabilization

After the oiled animals have gone through intake, they are stabilized. In stabilization, the animals are warmed up and given food and water so they become stronger and can survive being washed. You might be surprised to learn that the oiled animals are not washed right away. Workers usually wait at least 48 hours before they clean the oil off of birds. Mammals must be considered healthy before cleaning because most must be anesthetized to make it safe and easy to clean. When an oiled animal comes into the medical facility, they are usually cold, hungry, thirsty, and weak. The washing procedure is scary for the animals, and a very weak animal may not survive.

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