Disoriented by wildfires, migrating storks die crossing Greece | Inquirer News

Disoriented by wildfires, migrating storks die crossing Greece

/ 03:38 PM August 10, 2021
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Hellenic Wildlife Care Association ANIMA president Maria Ganoti holds an injured goose following a wildfire north of Athens, at ANIMA’s first aid center, in Athens, Greece, August 8, 2021. Picture taken August 8, 2021. REUTERS

ATHENS — Migrating storks crossing through Greece on their way to Africa have fallen victim to the wildfires raging across the country for the past week, becoming disoriented by the flames and getting lost, injured or killed, wildlife groups said.

Every year, storks cross the Attica region around Athens, heading for Cape Sounion about 70 km (45 miles) southeast of the capital where they wait for favorable winds to help carry them across the Mediterranean into Africa for the winter.

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“Unfortunately, they were passing at the time of the fire,” said Maria Ganoti, president of the Hellenic Wildlife Care Association ANIMA, which nurses and rehabilitates wild animals at its first aid center in Athens.

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Hellenic Wildlife Care Association ANIMA president Maria Ganoti holds an injured goose following a wildfire north of Athens, at ANIMA’s first aid center, in Athens, Greece, August 8, 2021. Picture taken August 8, 2021. REUTERS

She said for the past three days storks were being found in “places where they would never have been, like in Vrilissia, in Halandri, on the apartment buildings,” referring to two residential areas in northern Athens.

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In the unfamiliar urban terrain, some of the birds have become confused and large numbers have died after crashing into power lines and electricity pylons.

“It is the first time we have had so many dead storks in Athens,” she said. “People in Athens are picking up dead storks from their lawns.”

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A volunteer places injured turtles in water boxes following a wildfire north of Athens, at the Hellenic Wildlife Care Association ANIMA’s first aid center, in Athens, Greece, August 8, 2021. Picture taken August 8, 2021. REUTERS

ANIMA’s first aid center has treated a number of storks, which Ganoti says will be released into the wild when they are strong enough. But the birds represent only a small part of the suffering experienced by animals, both wild and domesticated, in the fires nL8N2PG1TZ which have devastated thousands of acres of forest.

“Some of the animals that are here will die. The turtles for example, if they have inhaled a lot of smoke and have been burned internally they will not be able to eat and they will die, you can’t do anything about that.”

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