When Chris Beatty got word about the oil spill in the Gulf, like many Floridians, she wanted to help - but she wanted to help in a very specific way.
Beatty runs an organization called the Florida Wild Mammal Association (FWMA) in Crawfordville, Florida. The organization houses injured and sick wildlife and nurses them back to health so that they can be released back into the wild. Working very closely with animals, she realized that the region's wildlife could be in serious danger because of the oil spill disaster.
The FWMA takes in over a thousand animals a year - possums, raccoons, deer and birds.
Seeing images of oiled birds and wildlife splashed across the news channels, Beatty wanted to be ready in case they were called upon to take in these animals.
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