wee hours

wee hours

Last of Mimico Creek oiled ducks released

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After more than 100 ducks covered in mineral oil were rescued from Mimico Creek earlier this month, the end is in sight. The oil spill, originating from a truck which overturned late Monday July 13, leaked into Etobicoke’s Mimico Creek and eventually covered resident ducks in the slick substance. Rescue efforts by Toronto Wildlife Centre lasted days, with 111 oil-covered ducks captured and brought in for care. Wildlife rehabilitation staff and volunteers worked into the wee hours of the morning for days, administering medical treatment and gently washing the oil from their feathers. “We’ve dealt with many minor oil spills but we’ve never had this many animals impacted,” said Andrew Wight, team leader for the wildlife rescue team. Thanks to a huge outpouring of support from the community with hundreds of people offering help and making donations, the ducks had a fighting chance. On July 16 the first group of oil-free ducks were released back into the wild amid cheers from Toronto Wildlife Centre’s rescue volunteers. And today, the last of them have left the centre and reclaimed their place in the wild.