Over 100 birds found dead in California covered in mysterious goo

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Over 100 Birds Found Dead Covered In Mysterious Goo

Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are trying to solve the mystery of why more than 100 birds have been found dead. Many were discovered on the shoreline of East Bay but a number of them were also seen in Foster City.

In both locations, the birds were covered in a mysterious goo. Several deceased birds were sent to Sacramento for testing. Meanwhile, additional goo-coated birds have been taken to a mobile facility in Hayward where a syringe with warm water is administered to them.

International Bird Rescue's Mark Russell commented, "They can't warm themselves in the water because when the stuff gets on their feathers it disables them from being waterproof. It's in the feathers and then the water gets to the skin." As a result, they often die from hypothermia.

In order to remove the substance, a chemical agent is used on the birds and they are coated in vinegar and baking soda. Water and dish soap help to clean them. The so-called goo is grey in color with dark spots.

Although it remains unclear where the goo came from, experts have been able to determine that it's not petroleum-based.

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Over 100 birds found dead in California covered in mysterious goo
A horned grebe is washed at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Volunteers Susan Kaveggia, left, and Susan McCarthy wash a male surf scoter at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Surf scoters are held in a pool after being treated, washed and dried at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A male surf scoter, left, and female surf scoter interact after being treated, washed and dried at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Volunteers Susan Kaveggia, top left, and Susan McCarthy wash a male surf scoter at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A group of birds huddle in a holding pen after being rescued at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A male surf scoter spreads its wings after being treated, washed and dried at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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