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GSPCA released oiled birds after recovery

Oil in the birds' feathers can cause them to become matted, misaligning the barbs that keep them in the correct position. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Three sea birds that were rescued by the GSPCA after being covered in oil have been released back into the wild .

The guillemots, named Galileo, Guillbert and Guilly, were rescued from the coast of Guernsey and were treated in intensive care units.

Oil in the birds' feathers can cause them to become matted, misaligning the barbs that keep them in the correct position.

Birds will often try and preen themselves to remove the oil but in doing so, they can ingest toxins from the oil, which can be fatal. Other birds will succumb to exhaustion, dehydration or starvation trying to clean themselves.

Oiled sea birds should then be placed in a cardboard box with ventilation holes lined with newspaper or towels and taken to the GSPCA. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Anyone who finds an oiled bird is asked, if safe to do so, to it pick up while wearing gloves as there is the risk the oil could be hazard to health. The birds themselves may also try and peck and should be held at arms length.

The GSPCA says it is best to avoid trying to wash or feed stranded birds, as charity staff are specially trained to help them.

They should then be placed in a cardboard box with ventilation holes lined with newspaper or towels and taken to the GSPCA.

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