The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) is caring for more than 80 oiled frogs, after an oil incident at Toro Canyon Creek, the network announced on Tuesday.
The network will help the Oiled Wildlife Care Network wash the frogs and care for them until they can be released. The frogs are being given regular exams, crickets and fruit flies, and are being cared for under several animal care staff, including veterinarian Dr. Avery Berkowitz.
The frogs are primarily classified as Baja California tree frogs.
“As a partner of Oiled Wildlife Care Network, we are always on standby to step in whenever help is needed,” Dr. Berkowitz, SBWCN’s Director of Animal Care, said in a press release. “80 additional patients is a big influx for our team, but we’re rallying together to make sure these frogs receive the care they need.”
The county first discovered a small leak in a pipe near a well in August of 2020, which they determined had been damaged during the Thomas Fire. As of August 13, deceased animals collected from the site include 17 small birds, 13 bats and one squirrel.