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Birds coated after 'oil spill'

Almost 100 birds have been found coated in a mystery chemical believed to be an oil additive along the south coast of England. They are being cleaned at the RSPCA centre in Taunton, Devon.

Nearly 100 seabirds found covered in chemical substance

Nearly 100 seabirds have been caught up in the latest pollution incident hitting England's southern coastline.

They have been collected from beaches in Devon as far west as Mevagissey and round to Plymouth, Looe and Whitsand Bay.

Many have been taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton and staff are working flat out to look after the oiled birds.

The vast majority are guillemots but there are also a couple of razorbills at the centre, the charity said.

Most of the birds appear emaciated suggesting that whatever they encountered has prevented them from diving down to feed for several days.

The current pollution appears to be the same type of chemical as that which affected more than 300 birds - mainly guillemots and razorbills - earlier this year.

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