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Gators fouled by diesel spill get a scrubbing, teeth cleaned

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 78 gators had been rescued by Friday morning.

NEW ORLEANS — NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitators are decontaminating dozens of alligators, brushing their teeth and scrubbing their hides in the weeks after a pipeline rupture dumped 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland. 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 78 gators had been rescued by Friday morning.

Thirty-three of them have been cleaned and released into a national wildlife refuge in New Orleans. 

Federal records show that a severely corroded pipeline ruptured on Dec. 27, 2021, in a neighboring wetland. 

The spilled fuel killed about 2,300 fish. Most of the alligators were brought in within two weeks of the spill.

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