Rare bird that flew over 6,000 kilometres from Finland to Kenya dies


Experts examining the rare Osprey bird [Source/KWS]

It has been confirmed that a rare Osprey bird that flew for over 6,000 kilometres from Finland to Kenya has passed on.

Sources say the birth died over the weekend while going under medication.

Kenya Wildlife Service has revealed that postmortem results indicated the bird died due to starvation. 

The bird was not eating which as a result, led to to its organs’s failure this its death.

 KWS Spokesperson Paul Udoto said they tried to secure its life but their efforts bore no fruits.

“We regret to announce the death of the Osprey bird despite all efforts to rehabilitate it back into the wild,” Udoto said as quoted by the Star.

He also added that they received the bird while it was so weak after long flight, and was only weighing about 950g as compared to a normal range of 1.3-1.8kg a mature Osprey bird should weigh.

“By the time the bird was delivered to the city, it had been severely dehydrated, weak and emaciated from the long flight and minor injuries while trapped by the fishing net,” Udoto said.

KWS were planning to return the birds to Lake Victoria where it had been found.

“We were feeding and treating the fish-eating bird back to good health with a plan to release it at the exact site it was rescued in the Lake Victoria catchment so that the bird does not lose its bearings on the return epic flight Northwards in early March.”


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