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Last Updated: Friday May 21 2010 08:26 GMT

Turtle recovers from oil spill

Turtle being cleaned

A turtle who swam through an oil spill off the coast of America is recovering at a wildlife centre.

Animal experts had to clean the turtle for about 45 minutes with washing-up liquid and used toothbrushes to get the oil away from his nose.

Oil has been flowing out of a pipe under the sea since April after an oil rig exploded and sank.

Hundreds of millions of pounds are being spent trying to clean up the oil and stop the leaking pipe.

The turtle is a member of the Kemp's Ridley species which is really endangered. There are thought to be fewer than 3000 left.

He'll be kept in the wildlife centre until the sea water is clean enough for him to return.

Lots of wildlife is at risk from the oil spill, including dolphins, fish and birds.