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Caring for smothered sea birds

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RSPCA staff attempt to treat some of the 100 birds that have washed up on Dorset's beaches, covered in a sticky, greasy substance.

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Some have died but most have been taken an RSPCA Wildlife centre. Many have sore legs and early signs are that they are not responding well. And the number of birds coming in has been increasing in the last few hours.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have collected samples of this sticky substance for testing . It's not thought to be fuel. But untill its identified, the RSPCA are advising walkers to take care.

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Warning over contaminated birds

Members of the public are being warned about handling distressed birds on the south coast.

During the past 24 hours, a number of live birds have washed up on beaches covered in an unknown substance.

While the substance is being identified, agencies are urging people to avoid coming into contact with the birds and to keep pets away from the shoreline.

If anyone spots an affected bird or animal, they should report it to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.


Race against time

Credit: Martin Cade

RSPCA officers frantically work to help sea birds that have been washing up on Dorset's coast. More than 100 have been covered in a greasy substance - but experts say it isn't fuel.

Manager of RSPCA West Hatch Peter Venn said: "We do not know what this substance is or where it has come from yet but we do know it is not fuel. It may be bi-product from manufacture, but at this stage we just do not know."

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