Experts and journalists are talking about ecological catastrophe after the death of dozens of flamingos in the area of the lagoon of Agios Mama in Halkidiki. The birds were found to be poisoned by lead contained in the hunting shrapnel, which they swallowed.
The statement was made to the Athenian / Macedonian News Agency by Stavros Kalpakis from the “Action for Wildlife” association. Remember that last year the area caught the public eye as it hosted the first breeding colony of flamingos in Greece.
Unfortunately, however, and according to what Stavros Kalpakis mentioned, this paradise turned into a nightmare for these impressive birds and once again the man is responsible. “Since the end of January when we received the first two phoenixes with symptoms of poisoning, until today we have treated a total of 9 birds in our facilities. They had all been swallowed by shrapnel. The x-ray shows the shrapnel in the bird’s stomach. “He was not shot as the necropsy showed that he had swallowed them”, reveals Mr. Kalpakis.
He goes on to say: “Initially, we could not find out where the problem is, but with the passing of days and the introduction of new birds for treatment and the constant finding of dead birds, the problem seems to be located in the lagoon area of Agios Mama in Halkidiki, where dozens of birds have died. ” The images seen by the volunteers and scientists were heartbreaking and it is certain that both the area and these beautiful birds need to be protected immediately.
With information from huffingthonpost.gr
Main photo: APE / G.KALPAKIS- “ACTION FOR THE WILDLIFE”
Source: Εναλλακτική Δράση by enallaktikidrasi.com.
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