RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Following the unfortunate oil spill in Faulkner County on March 29, wildlife is now catching the brunt of this incident. Gratefully though, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Russellville is helping to ease the pain.
Volunteers with HAWK Center transported ducks from the scene of the oil spill on Sunday and Monday. While ExxonMobile confirmed that two ducks have died, 10 are rescued and being cared for at the facility in Russellville.
"Exxon is calling in more help for the situation," said Lynne Slator, director of the HAWK Center. A mobile crew is coming in to aid in rescuing the ducks, and help is also coming in from the Arkansas Game and Fish commission.
Slator advised people to not attempt to rescue any animals spotted unless they have talked to an official.
HAWK (Helping Arkansas Wild 'Kritters') in Russellville began taking in oil-covered ducks on Saturday and cleaning them. According to its facebook page, the Russellville Walmart donated cleaning items to help treat the animals, but the fully-volunteer organization needs more donations to treat the birds coming in.
HAWK posted the following list of needed items on its page:
OIL SPILL response:
- Cash donations
- Rubbermaid bins
- Vinyl gloves
- Dish washing gloves
- Surgical gowns
- Long plastic aprons
- Surgical masks
- Safety glasses
- Hard Kennel cabs - all sizes
- Clean towels
- 55 Gallon trash bags
- Paper towels
- Heating pads
- Bottled water for our volunteers
- Liquid Pepto Bismol
TRANSPORT volunteers for supplies AND animals
- 1/3 cc syringes
- 1.0 cc syringes
- heating pads
- Bottled water - 500 ml or 16.9 oz bottles for our volunteers
- Simple Green brand cleaner
- 60 gallon trash bags
- Waste basket trash bags
- Copy paper
- Gift cards to Lowes (building supplies)
- Gift cards to Walmart (animal groceries; i.e. greens, veggies, nuts, etc.)
For information on how to donate or help HAWK, contact them at (479) 222-0528.