Bulgarians rush to save frozen storks

Villagers came to the rescue after the bird’s ice-covered wings forced them to spend the night on the ground instead of perched on trees as usual.

“I found five frozen storks near the village road the day before yesterday,” said Safet Halil, from the village of Zaritsa. “I took them home, lit a stove to warm them and fed them fish.”

“It’s the first time that we have seen so many storks in distress in Bulgaria,” said Hristina Klisurova from the Green Balkans wildlife rehabilitation centre in Stara Zagora.

The sub-zero temperatures and snowstorms are set to continue until the end of the week.

“It is minus 3C (27F) today and the weather is getting worse,” said Halil.

In neighboring Romania, more than 200 small birds were found frozen to death this week.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/21/frozen-storks-bulgarians-rush-to-save-migrating-birds

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-bulgarians-frozen-storks.html

Thanks to Alex Tanase for these links


6 thoughts on “Bulgarians rush to save frozen storks”

  1. nice story;-) shows how cold they are to accept humans that close..but then we get Koalas coming to humans for water on hot days..animals arent stupid

    • We are having bitterly cold weather for this time; temperature should be around +20C, instead it’s -4C day and Below -10C night.
      In Danube Delta (România) it’s more dramatic; beying wild and isolated we can’t get there to save them. Many birds will die because they can’t find food under 30 cm of snow.

  2. Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
    The Gulf Stream that helps to keep Britain from freezing over in winter is slowing down faster now than at any time in the past millennium according to a study suggesting that major changes are taking place to the ocean currents of the North Atlantic.

    Scientists believe that the huge volumes of freshwater flowing into the North Atlantic from the rapidly melting ice cap of Greenland have slowed down the ocean “engine” that drives the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean towards north-west Europe, bringing heat equivalent to the output of a million power stations.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/gulf-stream-is-slowing-down-faster-than-ever-scientists-say-10128700.html

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