Poisoned, bloodied birds drop out of sky over school
At least 50 birds with “blood coming out of their mouths” have fallen from the sky and landed in a primary school north of Adelaide, horrifying young students.
The RSPCA is investigating the incident that occurred at One Tree Hill Primary School on Wednesday afternoon. The school posted on its Facebook page that there were “no survivors,” saying the wild corellas were believed to have been poisoned. “I received a distressing phone call from a worker at school who was finding the very sick birds all over the school,” the post read. “The children in vacation care were very upset at the scene of birds falling from the sky and in pain with blood coming out of their mouths. “The children were so caring and wanted to make sure the birds were getting some help.” . The post went on to thank the local wildlife rescue organisation – Caspers Bird Rescue – for attending the school and collecting the birds. Caspers Bird Rescue co-founder Jess King, 26, told The Advertiser authorities needed to get to the bottom of how the mass death occurred. “Somebody needs to answer as to what has happened,” she said. “Children have been traumatised by this, watching birds fall out of the trees and having seizures on the ground. “Regardless of whether it was an accident or not, you don’t just go throwing poison down (recklessly).” Ms King said Caspers Bird Rescue took the birds to veterinarians in Para Hills and Roseworthy for treatment, however they all had to be euthanased. “There was no way to treat them – they’ve all ingested so much,” she said. “It’s quite devastating to be completely honest. “In the five and a half years we’ve been active..we have not seen something like this before and neither have the vets.” An RSPCA spokeswoman confirmed the RSPCA was investigating the incident but said it was too early to speculate on the cause. A Playford Council spokesman said the council did not use poison as part of its bird control measures. “In the past two years, the City of Playford, has invested significant resources into non-lethal strategies to deal with marauding Little Corella flocks with limited success,” he said. “These non-lethal measures, last undertaken in 2018, included use of a predatory hawk and gas guns. “At no time has council implemented any measures that include the use of poison.”