Rangers discovered the pelicans on January 23 within the Djoudj chook sanctuary, a distant pocket of wetland close to the border with Mauritania and a resting place for birds that cross the Sahara Desert into West Africa annually.
An unverified video revealed on native media confirmed a whole lot of pelican carcasses scattered on a seaside, muddy and darker than their usually eye-catching white.
“We took some samples for screening and we hope in the near future to know what caused the death of the pelicans,” Bocar Thiam, director of Senegal’s parks, mentioned in an interview.
The sanctuary is a transit place for about 350 species of birds however solely pelicans have been discovered useless, he mentioned. Of these killed, 740 have been juveniles and 10 have been adults.
Authorities have closed the park and ordered the incineration of the useless birds as a precaution.
This month, Senegal reported an outbreak of the extremely pathogenic H5N1 chook flu on a poultry farm within the Thies area about 120 miles south, ensuing within the culling of about 100,000 chickens.