Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Red kite fledglings rescued after becoming 'waterlogged'

A wildlife hospital is struggling to find room for 18 waterlogged red kites, rescued during recent wet weather.
The fledglings, whose feathers had been weighed down by water, are being cared for at Tiggywinkles Hospital near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Founder Les Stocker said: "Juvenile kites seem unable to take wet weather. They leave their nests, get wet and can literally fall out of the trees."
The kites will be released when the weather is drier, he added.
The young kites were all found by members of the public during the past two weeks, and taken to the centre.
'Unprecedented numbers'
"Once they've fallen out of trees, they just lie on the ground, soaking wet, and playing dead," Mr Stocker said.

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