As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Triple E kills rare birds at Virginia Zoo

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 6 at 5:20 PM

NORFOLK -- Three 28-day-old cassowary chicks died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis at the Virginia Zooin July, officials said Wednesday. 

Two were found dead on the morning of July 17 and a third died later that afternoon despite intensive medical therapy. One of the parent birds has also died but test results have not been completed to determine a cause, zoo officials said. 

Cassowaries are flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, north-eastern Australia and area islands.

The chicks' father, along with a young male and a young female, are still at the zoo and have been vaccinated for the disease, officials told

"All of the animals that are known to be susceptible to the disease were vaccinated at the beginning of mosquito season," said spokeswoman Meg Puckett. "This includes birds of prey, cranes, tapir, and all equids. The remaining three cassowary have also now been vaccinated."

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