Winged Victims

The pall of smoke from Greece’s catastrophic firestorms is killing migratory storks heading south to Africa.

The country’s animal welfare group Anima says the birds are losing their way, sometimes plunging to their deaths after crashing into power lines and pylons. Many of the iconic birds gather each year just southeast of Athens, where they await favourable wind conditions to cross the Mediterranean.

“We have many storks. It is the first time we have had so many dead storks in Athens,” said Anima President Maria Ganoti. “People in Athens are picking up dead storks from their lawns.”

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