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Wildlife rescue treating dozens of birds for red tide symptoms

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 11:45:34-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel says dozens of birds have been brought in with signs of red tide poisoning.

They report that 36 double-crested cormorants have been brought in this month. This species of bird is among the most vulnerable to red tide.

Veterinarians are using a novel treatment to help the birds, using intravenous lipid emulsion therapy to reduce the effects of the red tide toxin in the birds.

CROW has more information about the impact of harmful algal blooms on wildlife on their website.