Sri Lanka’s bird deaths likely to spread to wildlife parks, warn authorities

May 25, Colombo: Veterinary authorities of Sri Lanka warn that the spreading deaths of birds in certain areas threaten the fauna life in bird sanctuaries of national wildlife parks.

Veterinary scientists say that mass deaths of birds have been reported from Colombo and Kalutara districts.

The bodies of 16 seagulls have been recovered in the Colombo and Puttalam areas, and the carcasses have been sent for examination to the Veterinary Research Institute in Gannoruwa, Peradeniya, a Sunday Times report said.

Bird corpses were recovered from Aththidiya reserve in Colombo district and Bundala reserve in Hambanthota district also, authorities say.

Authorities suspect the deaths were caused by an epidemic.

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