LONDON — In a feat attributed to the current warmth wave that swept throughout Europe, uncommon Andean flamingos at a wetlands reserve in Britain have laid eggs for the primary time in 15 years.
The unique birds are “fickle breeders” and might go years with out nesting efficiently, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Belief in Slimbridge, England, stated in a press release this previous week.
However amid scorching temperatures on the Continent — which have spawned wildfires in England and Wales, melted glaciers in Austria and Sweden, and damaged data in Portugal — a shocking factor occurred on the reserve.
Six of the flock laid 9 eggs, which Mark Roberts, the aviculture supervisor on the reserve, referred to as “an exquisite and welcome shock.”
“We’ve been encouraging the flock by serving to them to construct nests,” he stated within the assertion, “however there’s little question that the current warmth has had the specified impact.”
Sadly, the group stated, not one of the eggs are viable, so no new Andean flamingos will emerge from this batch.
In a little bit of human meddling, caretakers determined to get the Andean birds into parenting mode: They took a number of eggs from Chilean flamingos, “close to family members,” and planted them among the many Andean birds, who turned foster mother and father to new chicks, the reserve said.
A spokesman for the organization, based in Gloucestershire, said by phone on Saturday that the Andean flamingos were some of the oldest at Slimbridge, which describes itself as the only such reserve where all six flamingo species roam.
A few flamingos arrived in the 1960s, according to the reserve, and some of them have been there longer than staff members. The Andean flock last bred successfully in 1999, the reserve said.
Both the Andean and Chilean flamingos are considered at risk of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Chilean birds are described as “near threatened” because of egg-harvesting, hunting, disturbance and the loss of habitat, while the Andean ones are called “vulnerable” because of past exploitation that shrank their population.
The heat wave broke in other parts of Europe, meanwhile, unleashing torrents of rain that caused flash flooding in France. Officials used helicopters to rescue about 1,600 people, mostly campers, in three regions in Southern France, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said, according to The Associated Press.
In Switzerland, footage emerged this past week of a mudslide hitting the village of Grugnay within the municipality of Chamoson, as witnesses scrambled to security.
No accidents had been reported after the mudslide, which native information shops stated had begun after storms prompted a river to burst its banks.