Beavers make progress after rescue from Willard fuel spill

OGDEN (AP) – Volunteers taking care of three beavers affected by a diesel fuel leak in Willard Creek say the animals are improving, but aren’t out of the woods yet.

Team members from Ogden’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah say the beavers are spending 90 minutes in a bath three times a day.

The wildlife center’s executive director, DaLyn Erickson, tells KSL the animals are lethargic and one has trouble breathing because of fuel burns in his nostrils.

The three beavers were rescued last week after 600 barrels of diesel fuel leaked from a Chevron pipeline. The beavers’ dam is credited for stopping the fuel from reaching a wildlife habitat in Willard Bay.

Biologists say they found a fourth beaver in the area on Tuesday, but it eluded capture.

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