Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cocky Release

A hail storm in Perth on March 22nd killed 57 and injured 24 endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos. Six of the 24 birds had to be put down (one died from injuries), and the other birds have been treated for injuries and released back into the wild of Kings Park. Before releasing the animals, DNA samples were taken and the birds were microchipped for further tracking and study.

The release of the cockatoos coincides with the Great Cocky Count (I love the names Aussies give stuff!) across Perth which maps out the birds' 130 preferred roosts. The Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo is endemic to the south west of Western Australia and it is estimated that only 40,000 birds remain in the wild.

Just a fluffy (or downy, I guess), heartwarming story. Coo.

Here's the link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/07/2866670.htm

(image from www.porteouspark.org.au)
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