Flamingo res­cue

Cyprus Today - - FRONT PAGE - By ANNE CANALP

AN IN­JURED flamingo (pic­tured right) is be­ing nursed af­ter be­ing res­cued from the Haspo­lat sewage treat­ment plant pool.

The bird was taken to safety on Wed­nes­day last week af­ter it was re­ported to the Taşkent Na­ture Park helpline by na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher and North Cyprus So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds and Na­ture (Kuşkor) vol­un­teer Olkan Ergüler.

A joint op­er­a­tion by Taşkent Na­ture Park and Le­fkoşa Turk­ish Mu­nic­i­pal­ity teams bat­tled for al­most seven hours to re­trieve the wounded bird, which was in an ex­treme state of col­lapse af­ter strand­ing in the pool and strug­gling to sur­vive with an open frac­ture of its right shoul­der and up­per wing.

A spokesman said the flamingo had then un­der­gone chal­leng­ing surgery and that, al­though in good health, se­ri­ous tis­sue dam­age to the wing also risked in­fec­tion from water at the treat­ment plant.

Na­ture Park ad­viser and AnkaVet An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal head physi­cian and vet Dr Tay­fun Çanakçi per­formed the dif­fi­cult surgery and ad­vised that if the bird sur­vived the next three weeks, he would then be able to judge whether it could be re­turned to the wild.

He said it had not, for­tu­nately, sus­tained nerve dam­age and the frac­tured bone and soft tis­sues had been re­paired, but mus­cles and ten­dons would re­quire a long and painful process of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The flamingo is just one of scores of wildlife ca­su­al­ties which have been saved af­ter mem­bers of the pub­lic re­ported them to the Taşkent Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion team by phon­ing their ded­i­cated helpline num­ber 1190.

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