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BP turns blind eye to llamas’ helping hair

Kim Hubbell carries clumps of hair shaved off the back of her llama Pooh Bear in this May 14 photo at her farm. Shipments of llama hair to the Gulf aren’t currently being used by BP for the cleanup, but members of the organization Matter of Trust are trying to convince BP to implement the hair for hair booms.

Kim Hubbell carries clumps of hair shaved off the back of her llama Pooh Bear in this May 14 photo at her farm. Shipments of llama hair to the Gulf aren’t currently being used by BP for the cleanup, but members of the organization Matter of Trust are trying to convince BP to implement the hair for hair booms.

May 30, 2010

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Pooh Bear hummed, but he wasn’t singing.

It was a clear sign, said his owner, Kim Hubbell, that he wasn’t particularly pleased with being shaved.

But two weeks ago he endured a 15-minute trim, and Kim, her husband, Pat, and their two children collected his hair and those of their five other llamas at their Lawrence home.

It was all for a good cause, and Pooh Bear’s hair — which could be stuffed into fabric to make “hair booms” to soak up oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill — would help his animal friends a thousand miles away.

Pooh Bear watched disinterestedly as Milena Hubbell, 5, demonstrated how his hair did a remarkable job of clumping up some motor oil collected from the Hubbells’ garage.

It was a cheap way to help. Across the nation, barbers, pet owners and farmers shipped hair to a national nonprofit organization, Matter of Trust.

But warehouses are filled with donated hair because BP is declining the supplies, said Lisa Gauthier, Matter of Trust president.

“It’s coming out the doors,” Gauthier said of the 19 warehouses where the hair is being stocked.

Gauthier is in New Orleans trying to convince BP to use the hair booms, but she said BP says they have plenty of synthetic booms to use in the cleanup efforts. It’s an argument she isn’t buying.

“Everybody’s going to need it,” she said. “What we want is BP to take it now.”

The situation has been frustrating for the Hubbells, who simply wanted to help with the cleanup.

“Oh yeah, extremely discouraging,” Kim Hubbell said. “Let people help.”

Gauthier said she thinks the donated hair eventually will be used in cleanup efforts, particularly as the oil hits smaller communities in the Gulf region.

“Nobody wants to let the Gulf down,” Gauthier said. “BP, come on. At least look at this stuff.”

Comments

barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

Poser's cigarette 'Butts' alone could soak up a barrel or two.

Stimulus, Poser Butts, and Posercare live unprecedented

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Pywacket 3 years, 10 months ago

Everybody ship your used ShamWow (as seen on TV!!!) to BP--quick!

I can't believe nobody thought of this before....

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blue73harley 3 years, 10 months ago

Regarding Solomon's post at 11. Seems to me that the hay suggestion would be more effective than using hair...but why not use all alternatives? BP efforts have sure not worked worth a sh!t.

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mdrndgtl 3 years, 10 months ago

Finally, some backwoods yokel steps forth with a llama inspired fix.

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Jock Navels 3 years, 10 months ago

one big solution isn't happening to solve one big problem...in a situation where every little bit would help, a thousand little bits might be a solution...all you cynics who ridicule someone tryng to help, you should maybe make a sacrifice and join the bp carcasses in the plug.

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toe 3 years, 10 months ago

My Llama is named slick Willie. He used to have hair, but alas no more.

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Alabamastreet 3 years, 10 months ago

How many people on this site have stopped driving their cars since the BP spill in an effort to control the problem? That would be a lot more help than Llama hair.

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corey872 3 years, 10 months ago

Interesting idea - though I suppose it is the BP corporate mantra..."Why use something natural, when you can make a synthetic from good 'ol oil" Despite the former "green" image, BP has always tried to stomp out ethanol. Again, they'd hate to see something which can be made from corn, wood, or other waste products when they sell oil.

When I first saw the headline, I thought maybe they were using the hair for the 'junk shot' I guess that didn't go so well using ground up tires - which is not much of a surprise. But given the way hair can clog up a drain, seems to be the perfect thing to plug up a well!

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50YearResident 3 years, 10 months ago

How many Llamas does it take to soak up 10,000 barrels of oil per day?

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twobigones 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh please, you people must have no lives to live....please lets all collect toe nail clippings, and build an auto engine based on toe nail combustion and instead of green we will go crusty!

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1029 3 years, 10 months ago

obviously BP hates animals as evidenced by their ongoing attempt to kill them with oil. of course they arent going to show weakness and accept gifts from the very animals that they are out to destroy. still a classy thing for that llama to do though. they always have been known to be one of the more generous animals out there.

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Randall Uhrich 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's see now...the hair from one llama would soak up maybe 1/4 barrel, 12-1/2 gallons of oil, and there's how many millions of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf??? So how many million llamas are going to have to be shaved to soak up, say 5% of the oil??? Get real.

I say they should start by trying to plug the leak with the carcases of BP Oil executives. At least that would have a positive effect on the situation, getting them out of the decision-making process.

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Eybea Opiner 3 years, 10 months ago

A video on You Tube showed a demonstration of hay being used to soak up oil from water.

Here it is. http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-444242

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whats_going_on 3 years, 10 months ago

no kidding, by taking it, whats it going to HURT? At this point, they should be taking any help they can get...going on what, 40 days now or something? Ridiculous. When I got my hairs cut last week, they said they were donating it, too. Bummer.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

BP acts like they know what their doing, but I have serious doubts. Why not take advantage of all help?

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thebcman 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm gonna ride my llama From Peru to Texarkana I wanna ride him good In my old neighborhood

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