HUNTINGTON BEACH — Two birds oiled after an undersea pipeline ruptured off the Southern California coast have been treated and released.

Workers brought the ruddy duck and eared grebe, Wednesday to a shorefront park in a harbor area of Huntington Beach. The duck swam away and the grebe, a small waterbird, took flight.

“It’s a joyous occasion,” said Michael Ziccardi, director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

Officials have reported 28 oiled birds since the spill a little more than a week ago off the coast of Orange County. Forty five birds have been found dead, though not all were visibly oiled, he said.

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