02 Dec '11, 6am

140 greater flamingos killed in wildlife sanctuary in India when they were startled and flew into power lines

140 greater flamingos killed in wildlife sanctuary in India when they were startled and flew into power lines

Nearly 140 greater flamingos were killed in a wildlife sanctuary in western India when they were startled and flew into a string of high tension power lines, a forest official said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) - Nearly 140 greater flamingos were killed in a wildlife sanctuary in western India when they were startled and flew into a string of high tension power lines, a forest official said on Friday. Tens of thousands of flamingos turn the flat, warm marshes of the Khadir region of Gujarat state into a sea of pink every year when they fly in from Siberia to breed. This year, their numbers were unusually high, with around 500,000 birds making the migratory flight from Siberia, district chief conservator of forests D.K. Sharma told AFP. Mr Sharma said the mass electrocution took place some 12 days ago, when a large flock of flamingos was startled at night ...

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