Dozens of seagulls rescued from tofu vat behind Vancouver factory need oil-spill baths

— Dozens of trapped seagulls are to be treated as oil-spill survivors after being saved from an industrial waste container in .

Animal rescuers were called in Friday afternoon to extricate 62 gulls trapped in a partially-covered scrap bin behind a tofu factory.

“It turns out the tofu residue, or the soybean residue, is leaving some sort of oil on the birds,” said Yolanda Brooks, spokeswoman for the .

“(Staff) are going to give them a full oil-spill bath.”

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Wildlife Rescue Association of BCTHE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Wildlife Rescue Association of BCSeagulls are shown inside of an industrial waste container in this recent handout photo.

Delaying the intensive cleanse will give the gulls a chance to preen their feathers and remove as much of the residue as possible, she said.

Superior Tofu, the company whose waste containers were at the centre of the situation, has told its workers to improve the bin’s metal grate cover, which allowed the to enter but not escape, Brooks said.

A tarpaulin has been placed over the structure in the meantime to avoid a repeat.

All the seagulls are in stable condition and none have died, though Brooks said three have eye infections, one has a puncture wound and another appears to have a possible broken pelvis.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Wildlife Rescue Association of BCTHE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Wildlife Rescue Association of BCA seagull is treated after being rescued from inside of an industrial waste container in this recent handout photo.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Wildlife Rescue Association of BCTHE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Wildlife Rescue Association of BCSeagulls are shown after being rescued from inside of an industrial waste container in this recent handout photo.

About The Canadian Press