Flock of over 50 native Corella birds die after falling from sky bleeding from eyes
A large flock of native birds has died after a mysterious illness caused them to fall from the sky, bleeding from their eyes and beaks. WARNING: Graphic
news.com.auJULY 15, 20198:18AM
Dozens of native corella birds have died overnight after they fell from the sky in an Adelaide outer suburb.
Bleeding from their eyes and beaks, more than 50 gravely ill birds began falling from the sky at a soccer oval in One Tree Hill, a suburb on the outskirts of Adelaide, about 2.30pm yesterday.
Volunteers from Casper’s Bird Rescue, founded by Sarah King, desperately tried to help the long-billed corellas, running to the oval and calling out for extra help on Facebook.
Ms King originally received a tip the birds had been shot, but vets working on the birds suspect they may have been poisoned.
Children at a nearby school who were attending vacation care saw a number of the sick and dying birds bleeding from their eyes and beaks, according to Yahoo.
According to Ms King, 11 volunteers arrived on the site yesterday at 2.30pm and stayed until 11pm collecting the 58 injured birds that were suffering and in great pain.
The volunteers took the birds to two different vets. Of the birds collected, 57 have now died, with “one possible survivor”, Ms Hill told news.com.au.
A conclusive necropsy has not yet been performed to detect poisons, news.com.au understands.