Hundreds of birds are being found washed up across the Californian coastline covered in a ‘goop’ like substance that cannot be identified. 300 have been rescued, but 100 of them are dead, a spokesman for California Fish and Wildlife Department has reported.
What is the mystery goop?
“It’s a full-on mystery,” spokesman, Andrew Hughan, said. “We have no idea what they are coated in and I’m not sure when we will have the answer”.
Lab tests are currently being conducted to try to discover what the birds are covered in.
An oil spill has already been ruled out, Hughan said.
Julie Skoglund, an operations manager for the group International Bird Rescue, was flabbergasted by the mystery and the scope of the problem.
“I have been working here for 10 years, and I have never seen anything like this,” she said.
The prognosis for birds in care is good, and those that have been cleaned and rescued can be returned to the wild, according to Barbara Callahan, a spokeswoman for International Bird Rescue.
“The birds tend to come into care needing hydration and medical stabilization, and we have a mandatory 24-hour stabilization process before cleaning,” she said.
Cleaning the animals involves using baking soda and vinegar to loosen the goo, followed by dish detergent and hot water to wash away the foreign substance.