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‘Aaj Ki Neki’: Providing drinking water to birds

Surf Excel Pakistan has come up with a series of heartwarming videos this Ramazan and the latest one has a sweet little message. The video encourages children to providing water to birds. This Ramazan saw at least two week-long heatwaves and those days the sun tested everyone's patience. We, the humans can store water, cool it and drink it at regular intervals to keep ourselves hydrated but seldom do we care about the birds around us. These flying animals sometimes search for food and water all day in this scorching…

Cats kill one million birds a day in Australia

SYDNEY: Feral and pet cats kill more than one million birds in Australia every day, new research showed Wednesday, with the staggering slaughter driving the decline of many species. The study, published in the journal Biological Conversation, estimated that wild cats wiped out 316 million every year, while pets killed 61 million annually. "Everyone knows that cats kill birds, but this study shows that, at a national level, the amount of predation is staggering," said lead researcher John Woinarski from Charles Darwin…

Some birds smell to navigate, experiment shows

PARIS: At least one species of sea-faring birds uses its sense of smell to navigate over ocean waters, according to a novel experiment described in a study released on Tuesday. Temporarily deprived of the ability to smell, Scopoli's shearwaters had trouble finding their way home after embarking from the Spanish island of Menorca to forage, researchers reported in the journal Scientific Reports. The olfactory-challenged birds easily flew nearly 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the Catalan coast to gather food, but set off…

Hungarian hospital helps injured birds back into the skies

BUDAPEST: A unique veterinary hospital in eastern Hungary is saving the lives of wild birds, including many who sustain severe injuries during their long migratory journey to Africa to escape the harsh winters of northern Europe. Located in the Hortobagy National Park, a World Heritage site on the Great Hungarian Plain, the hospital treats, among others, protected birds like cranes, storks and eagles that have flown into power lines, breaking their legs or wings, or have been poisoned or hit by vehicles on highways.…

Germany to cull more turkeys after bird flu outbreak spreads

BERLIN: About 22,000 turkeys are to be culled after suspect cases of bird flu were found on two more German farms in the major German poultry production region of Lower Saxony, authorities said on Monday. It is not yet known if the cases involve the contagious H5N8 flu strain but the birds will be culled as a precaution, the local government authority in Cloppenburg in Lower Saxony said. Around 90,000 turkeys, chickens and ducks were also culled last week after the H5N8 strain was confirmed on farms in Lower Saxony…