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  • UK: Three dead swans found at nature reserve

    Source: http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/Th...-at.5228969.jp

    Three dead swans found at nature reserve
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    Published Date: 02 May 2009
    By Will Ockendon

    Three swans have been found dead at a nature reserve in Northamptonshire.
    The bodies of the swans were all found near to a footpath in Summer Leys nature reserve, near Wellingborough. The latest was found on Thursday, while the others were discovered on separate occasions two weeks ago and eight weeks ago.

    A Department for Rural Affairs spokesman said such a small number of deaths did not warrant an investigation, but said members of the public should be on the lookout for "mass mortality events", where 10 or more dead birds were found.


    Penny Haynes, 51, of the Pyghtles, Wollaston, discovered the birds while walking her two dogs. She contacted Wellingborough Council, the RSPCA and Defra.

    She said: "Having seen the third one dead, it just doesn't seem right to me. It was only a young adult because it had still got some black feathers on its back."

    Andy Meads, from Isham-based bird rescue charity Safewings, said the deaths could have been down to a number of causes, but ruled out bird flu.

    He said: "Bird flu is now not really an issue. But there are other diseases that are also dangerous and more easily caught by humans than bird flu."

    He said the carcasses should have been collected for testing as a precaution.

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    Re: UK: Three dead swans found at nature reserve

    Originally posted by Shiloh View Post
    Source: http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/Th...-at.5228969.jp

    Three dead swans found at nature reserve
    - COMMENT ON THIS STORY
    Published Date: 02 May 2009
    By Will Ockendon

    Three swans have been found dead at a nature reserve in Northamptonshire.

    He said: "Bird flu is now not really an issue. But there are other diseases that are also dangerous and more easily caught by humans than bird flu."

    Just as lost as ever.

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      Re: UK: Three dead swans found at nature reserve

      With this flu virus allready in the uk,and we allready have bird flu as well. i dread to think what it will be like if the two meet up,and the possbility of what will happen in the southern hemisphere. as they have there winter,it could lead to a very intresting winter for all of us later this year.

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