Beavers saved from Chevron's Willard Bay diesel spill have long road to recovery

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The clean up of a Chevron diesel fuel spill near Willard Bay continues as is the care and recovery of six beavers that were caught in the spill.
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The clean up of a Chevron diesel fuel spill near Willard Bay continues as is the care and recovery of six beavers that were caught in the spill.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah has taken in the sick beavers. Three were captured just days after the spill and three others were just brought in a couple days ago. Those brought in just after the spill are making a quick recovery.

Dalyn Erickson-Marthaler owner of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah said, “At this point with the progression, the way they’re behaving and eating on their own things are going as expected. So we’re feeling pretty confident the initial three will be going back into the wild.”

The same can not be said for the three young beavers just brought in a couple of days ago. The young beavers have deep open wounds, burns on their skin and are continually losing their fur.

“We have them on pain management right now,” explained Erickson-Marthaler. “We are giving them antibiotics to treat for secondary infections.”

All six beavers are taken out their cages three times a day to swim in the water for an hour. It also gives the volunteers a chance to track their recovery. Now when the beavers first came in, the baths were just as hard on the beavers as the volunteers.

“When the first three initially came in just because the diesel was so wet and so fresh, the fumes were tremendous and so all the volunteers that night went home with headaches, body aches and flu-like symptoms,” said Erickson-Marthaler.

So it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like for the animals that couldn’t get away from the fuel.

Erickson-Marthaler said, “They were forced to swim in it, to eat it, to drink it. There was no where that wasn’t contaminated.”

Thursday afternoon Chevron walked into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and gave them a check to help with the beaver’s recovery. The money from the fuel company should cover the costs but due to the around-the-clock care the beavers have to receive the rehabilitation center has had to cancel its yearly fundraiser. They’re still looking for volunteers to help out as well as freshly-cut Aspen and Cottonwood branches.

If you would like to help contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah log on to: http://wrcnu.org/
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