SANParks rangers are currently monitoring Swartvlei Lake on the outskirts of Sedgefield for evidence of more injured flamingos, subsequent to a horrific accident this morning (18 July) in which a number of them flew into a nearby power line parallel to the N2. Thus far, two dead flamingos have been found by the rangers whilst another badly injured one had to be euthanized on site.
Furthermore, four seriously injured flamingos were collected and rushed to Tenikwa Wildlife’s Rehabilitation Centre for treatment of cuts and bruises sustained.
Jonathan Britton, SANParks Ranger for Marine in Wilderness, says he is planning to approach the relevant authority regarding the power line in question to see if there are any measures that can be taken to minimise the re-occurrence of such an incident. SANParks wishes to thank Tenikwa who came through to assist SANParks, as well the concerned members of the public who alerted us to this unfortunate incident.
Picture provided by Tenikwa