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Pelicans released at Akrotiri salt lake

Photo: Game Fund handout

The Game Fund released two pelicans at the Akrotiri salt lake on Friday.

The large water birds were found near the Akrotiri Peninsula at the beginning of November last year.

One of them was injured after hitting an object, possibly a fence, and the other one was exhausted and unable to fly.

“They have been around for about two months since then, and they have been cared for by the Nicosia Game Fund and released near where they were found,” Game Fund officer Nicos Kassinis explained.

Before they were released, their biometric data were recorded but they were not ringed as was planned because the biggest available ring did not fit them.

After some hesitation, the two birds managed to fly away.

Kassinis believes they belonged to a flock which has since left due to weather conditions.

This particular species of pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus, rarely passes through Cyprus, as large flocks avoid crossing large marine areas and usually move in the Eastern Mediterranean region to Africa via the Middle East.

 

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