MAYFLOWER, AK – Mayflower, AR, population 2,300, is a speck on the map running alongside Interstate 40, but it’s the center of the world for ExxonMobil right now.
That’s because a 60-year-old pipeline ruptured last week, covering lawns, streets, and just about everything, moving and not moving, with a slick and slimy coat of crude oil.
And that includes God’s creatures, great and small.
Like the little critters being cleaned up and treated by the HAWK Center, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic.
The center has taken in about a dozen animals, including birds and a muskrat. The Environmental Protection Agency calls this a major spill. Mr. Muskrat and his fury and feathered pals are probably calling it a major fubar.