Birdlife Malta is appealing for the whereabouts and fate of a Greater Flamingo which was believed to have been shot and stolen from the Għadira Nature Reserve.
The charity says that the bird disappeared from the site, on Thursday 29th November.
During a patrol of isolated parts of the reserve, members of Birdlife found a used hunting cartridge and signs of a hunter’s entry into the reserve, along with feathers belonging to a Flamingo.
Their own investigations led them to the conclusion that a silenced Shotgun was used as no shots were heard by the night watchman.
The police are investigating the incident and their search for the person responsible is on-going.
Birdlife is currently concerned that the bird could one of the victims of the avian taxidermy demand. They say that calls against the activity have been raised several times but no actions has been taken.
This is the second reported incident involving the illegal hunting of flamingos in Għadira in the space of a month. A flamingo was shot on the 2nd November and a further one was showed a neck injury caused by a gunshot.