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, 8 January 2016

Mystery over death of 35 birds at park aviary

Tuesday 29 December 2015
Mystery surrounds the death of 35 birds who were found dead in their aviary in a Peterborough park over the Christmas weekend.

About half of the zebra finches which are kept in the aviary at Central Park in Peterborough died over the long bank holiday weekend.

Kieron King, Peterborough’s Principle Operations Manager for Amey said the finches in the aviary, which has three bird houses, are fed every day of the year. He said:“Each aviary houses a different bird species which includes parakeets, budgies and zebra finches but all birds can fly from one aviary to another.

“Following the bank holiday 35 finches have been found dead.

“The RSPCA and a vet attended and inspected the aviaries and birds. A vet is assessing the remaining birds and will carry out a post mortem on one of the dead birds to determine the cause of deaths.”

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