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Arkansas animals back in the wild following oil spill

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MAYFLOWER, Ar., (KNOE 8 News) - Officials have released some animals back into the wild after they were rescued and cleaned up following an oil spill in central Arkansas.

Crews on Monday brought a pair of raccoons, several turtles and a lizard to the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower.

Their release comes more than a week after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower and spilled thousands of barrels of oil on March 29.

Oil spewed onto lawns and roadways and almost fouled nearby Lake Conway. No one was hurt, but the spill led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes.

Officials have since found a number of oily ducks and other animals. More than a dozen ducks and a few other animals were found dead.

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