From: Associated Press
Published October 31, 2005 12:00 AM

More Than a Thousand Birds Covered in Oil after Spill off Denmark's East Coast

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Danish coast guard helicopter searched Sunday for an oil slick that covered more than a thousand birds in the Kattegatt Sea between Denmark and Sweden.

The birds were still alive when they were found late Saturday on the shores of the island of Anholt in the middle of the Kattegatt Sea but crews from the Danish Forest and Nature Agency destroyed some 100 of the worst affected birds, most of them ducks, a spokesman for the agency said Sunday.

"Most of them are ducks that normally are found in open waters and very seldom get close to the coasts," game consultant Steen Bonne Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen said he feared more birds willl be coated by the oil. He said he did not know where the oil came from or what type of oil it is.

Source: Associated Press


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