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.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Pink flamingos fall of people's heads in Siberia


Two pink flamingos were found in two Siberian regions - in Evenkia Republic and in Tomsk region. In both cases, the birds that inhabit the territories located much further south, suffered from frostbite. The birds are alive, and experts do not lose hope for their recovery. 

One of the birds literally fell from the sky down on the head of an Evenki hunter from the town of Miriyuga, officials with the press service of the Evenki territory said. The man, Pyotr Sidorkin, was going home after hunting, when a pink flamingo fell down on the ground near him. The hunter brought the bird home, where his wife, Nadezhda, started taking care of the unusual guest. Local residents assumed that the bird suffered from cold in the last days of October, when temperatures fell to -30 below zero Centigrade. 

The family was taking very good care of the bird, as if it was their sick child. Pyotr and Nadezhda consulted the municipal department for environment to learn what to feed the bird with. "We recommended the family couple to feed the bird with mashed carrots, beets, minced fish and meat, putting all the food in a basin of water. The flamingo's appetite was quite good," the chief of the department, Ekaterina Vershinina said.

Afterwards, the bird was transported from Miryuga to Krasnoyarsk. The Kasnoyarsk Flora and Fauna Park Roev Ruchey was chosen as a new home for the bird, as specialists of the park had had experience in taking care of sick birds. 

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