[WATCH] Updated | Flamingo saved in late night operation succumbs to injuries

A flamingo which was stuck in high tension wired was saved in an operation which included the help of the Civil Protection Department, firefighters, BirdLife and Enemalta

The Flamigno was stuck  in High Tension 33 kva wires near Popeye's Village
The Flamigno was stuck in High Tension 33 kva wires near Popeye's Village

A Flamingo which was saved by Civil Protection Officers from an electricity cable during the night, unfortunately, succumbed to its injuries. 

Members of the Civil Protection Department spent their Saturday night desperately trying to rescue a flamingo that was entangled in high tension electricity cables near Popeye’s Village.

Contacted by MaltaToday, BirdLife’s conservation manager Nick Barbara said that the operation to save the flamingo was a very delicate and difficult procedure. He confirmed that the flamingo's wings were broken due to the electrical cables, and succumbed to its injuries after it was saved. 

The Flamingo was handed to BirdLife Malta
The Flamingo was handed to BirdLife Malta

The Civil Protection Department (CPD) posted the delicate rescue mission on Facebook.

CPD responded by sending a hydraulic platform, one officer and two firefighters from Xemxija Fire Station.

CPD worked closely with Enemalta personnel who shut down the power lines, ensuring that no residual electricity remained in the cables.

For added precaution, Civil Protection personnel, donned electrical protective suits on top of their firesuits before successfully carrying out the rescue operation.

Once recovered the injured flamingo was handed over to Birdlife Malta members who were on site.

On Facebook, The Civil Protection thanked  Enemalta and Birdlife for their assistance.

(Images / Videos by Deputy Director Peter Paul Coleiro, ARO Alan Cutajar, Enemalta's Client Response Team.) 

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