Saturday, January 22

The mystery of the dead starlings in Ferrol remains: the investigation rules out electrocution

The investigation that tries to clarify the reason why last Friday, November 26, more than a hundred starlings rushed suddenly, dead, on a street in Ferrol, specifically in the Caranza neighborhood, rules out that the members of this flock died of avian flu and electrocution.

This has been transferred to Europa Press sources of the investigation, after being transferred up to 127 dead specimens and a few alive to the Oleiros Wildlife Recovery Center (A Coruña), dependent on the Xunta.

According to that report, the animals that enter alive presented “a decayed state, unable to fly, and with trauma to the wings and legs, which makes it difficult for them to stay upright.” Faced with this situation, “they were treated with force feeding and immobilization of the observed fractures.”


To determine if the cause of death could be intoxication, samples were taken for toxicological analysis of “brain, heart, lung, trachea, kidney and intestine”, being currently “awaiting the results”.

In the preliminary view, “several hemorrhagic lesions were observed in the intrathoracic area, larynx, and cranioencephalic region, which seriously affect the heart, respiratory system and brain”, but that “cannot be related to a viral, bacterial or parasitic infection” , and thus “the analyzes carried out confirm the negative in avian flu.”

The report also points out that “electrocution cannot be determined as a cause of death”, since in this case “edema and burn necrosis should appear at the entry and exit points of the electric current, in addition to small marks by burn on nearby feathers “, and these have not been located.