The great irony is that pelicans secrete a little oil to waterproof their plumage. But the recent tarring of their feathers by BP’s oil spill will be one of the great tragedies of the decade. No longer able to regulate their temperatures, the birds could freeze to death, and every time they preen themselves, they risk poisoning. Their only hope is being sent to bayou rehabs where they are delicately scrubbed with toothbrushes. After the freaked-out birds are dipped, dunked, and cleansed, they’re treated like retirees and sent to... More >>>