A juvenile Greater Flamingo, and another Grey Heron were shot down and found in Dwejra and Marsaskala, Birdlife said earlier on Sunday. In their post on social media, the NGO spoke about how the former was found in a very weak state by a tourist in Gozo, while the latter was rescued by another member of the public suffering from a number of injuries.
By the time the Greater Flamingo was passed over to the authorities and subsequently arrived at the veterinarian, it was confirmed that large-sized lead pellets were causing heavy internal bleeding. The Heron meanwhile was found with a dislodged wing, broken leg, and bleeding as a result of a shotgun blast.
Birdlife appealed once again to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat for any kind of communication with the public about the “massacre” of White Storks in August, and the state of illegal hunting of protected birds in general. It was also pointed out that there was no reaction to the NGO’s suggestion of a moratorium on hunting until peak migration season ends in October.