Mass electrocution kills 140 flamingos
Ahmedabad - 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 DK Sharma told AFP.
Sharma said the mass electrocution took place
some 12 days ago, when a large flock of flamingos was startled at night by the
noise of a vehicle.
"The entire flock took off. Many of them
flew straight into the electric wires and 139 were killed instantly," he
SK Nanda, a senior official in the Gujarat
Forests and Environment Department, said a feasibility study had been ordered
into the possibility of insulating the cables or having them moved underground.