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'Hero Beavers' rescued, but animals coated with diesel fuel

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Updated: 3/22/2013 3:40 pm
(KSL) The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation credits a beaver dam for preventing a diesel fuel leak from reaching Willard Bay earlier this week, but now its builders are in trouble.

Two beavers, soaked in diesel fuel, were found by cleaning crews working to contain the leak in Willard Creek Tuesday. The leak stemmed from a problem with a Chevron diesel fuel pipeline, and officials believe it was the beavers' dam that stopped the fuel from reaching a nearby wildlife habitat in Willard Bay.

The animals, now being dubbed "hero beavers," were taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah to be cleaned and treated for their injuries. Wednesday, employees said say their conditions are still very much up in the air.

"They were dripping with diesel fuel. The smell was absolutely overpowering," said DaLyn Erickson, executive director of the rehabilitation center.

-- Jennifer Stagg, NBC reports

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