This is a Laysan albatross video.
From Wildlife Extra:
LAYSAN ALBATROSSES BEING POISONNED BY LEAD PAINT
Lead Paint Poisoning Thousands of Albatrosses
Government Funds Not Available for Cleanup on Midway Atoll
December 2006. Lead poisoning is killing thousands of Laysan Albatrosses every year on Midway Atoll, part of the recently created North-western Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.
The Laysan albatross, thousands of which are now nesting on Midway, is globally listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union.
‘Laysan chicks raised in nests close to buildings left behind by the Navy are ingesting lead-based paint chips.
This is causing very high lead concentrations in their blood, leading to severe neurological disorders, and eventual death,’ said George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy (ABC).
‘Federal funds are urgently needed to cleanup this toxic mess to protect the Laysan Albatross as well as future visitors to the new Marine National Monument.’
Scientific studies have shown that Laysan Albatross chicks are eating lead-based paint chips peeling off of 95 aging buildings on the island, and that as many as 10,000 chicks (5% of hatched chicks) may die from exposure to lead-based paint.
But … well, according to the Bush administration, lead is supposed to be not poisonous …
And there is no climate change …
And the Iraq war is a cakewalk …
And pigs fly …
And Midway albatrosses do not fly …
Well, if Bush ‘stays the course‘ on them, then they may soon stop flying.
Hawaii bird habitats threatened: here.
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