Young flamingo found shot in Gozo and a heron found shot in Malta
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BirdLife Malta has said that, this afternoon n a tourist in Dwejra, Gozo, intervened to rescue a young flamingo after it was noticed in difficulty along the coast.
The juvenile Greater Flamingo was passed over to police and WBRU, and by the time it arrived at the veterinarian, it was already in a very weak state, BLM added. “An x-ray has confirmed large-size lead pellets in its body, as well as heavy internal bleeding.”
In an earlier separate incident in Malta, BirdLife said that a member of the public spotted and rescued a Grey Heron in difficulty in Marsacala.This bird was passed to the Police and then to a vet, where it was diagnosed as suffering from a “completely dislodged wing, broken leg and bleeding as a result of shotgun injuries.”
BirdLife Malta said that these two protected species brings the number of birds confirmed illegally shot and found by the public to 5 since the start of the hunting season.
BLM called on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, “to take control of the situation and pronounce his position on the matter, while announcing what measures are going to be taken in response.”
The Prime Minister “has not pronounced a single word” over the killing of protected birds, “or on the moratorium on hunting until after the peak migration period of these birds is over in October,” BirdLife said in a facebook post.
“A zero tolerance approach needs not just words but actions,” stated BirdLife.
Photographs: BirdLife Malta