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Facebook Serves A Purpose Helps Raise Animal Awareness

 

Popular social networking site Facebook reached new heights as “Olive” the Oiled Otter amassed more than 1,500 friends and became more popular than anyone on campus claims to be.

Olive is a California sea otter who was found covered in oil on Sunset Beach near Monterey, Calif. She was immediately taken to the California Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife and Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz.

In Santa Cruz, Olive underwent six weeks of cleaning and rehabilitation where veterinarians used olive oil – the inspiration for her name – dish soap and warm water repeatedly.

A Facebook page was created by Olive’s attending veterinarians during her rehabilitation to promote awareness for the dangers faced by California’s coastal wildlife. The California Department of Fish and Game estimates that there are only 2,800 southern sea otters left in California.

Olive’s Facebook page plays host to a wide array of studies and graphs that measure the effects pollutants have had on otters like Olive. Rising levels of toxins and pollutants in coastal California threaten otters and other wildlife in their natural habitats.

Olive was released into the Pacific Ocean on April 7. Her popularity on Facebook continues to grow as staff from the research center in Santa Cruz post regular dates about Olive and information about the dangers posed by pollution to the nation’s wildlife. To learn more about Olive, search for Olive the oiled otter on Facebook. 

 

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