Posted: Aug 6, 2010 6:34 AM
Source: Associated Press
Fifteen brown pelicans rescued from the Gulf oil spill have been released back into their Louisiana coastal habitat.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday's release of pelicans is the first in Louisiana since the spill started in April.
Hundreds of pelicans rescued and cleaned in Louisiana have been released in other states - mostly eastern Florida and Texas.
The department said biologists decided to release the birds on Rabbit Island, in Calcasieu Lake, because the southwest Louisiana area is inland and hasn't been affected by the oil spill.