Lead Shot Poisoning Flamingos In Greece: Wildlife Group
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Wed 24th February 2021 | 07:20 PM
Athens, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Feb, 2021 ) :Dozens of flamingos in a northern Greek lagoon have died in recent days after ingesting lead shot illegally used by hunters, a wildlife group said Wednesday.
The Action for WildLife group told AFP it had located 26 dead flamingos in the Agios Mamas lagoon in Halkidiki peninsula, and had been told of several other sightings in nearby wetlands.
"We estimate the overall number is much higher," they said by email.
Stavros Kalpakis, head of the group, had earlier told state agency ANA that X-rays had shown that the flamingos had swallowed the lead, rather than being shot.
The Agios Mamas lagoon in Halkidiki peninsula last year saw the first-ever breeding colony of flamingos in Greece but is now proving deadly for the birds, Kalpakis said.
"The problem seems to be located (in this area)," he added.