posted on Jan, 14 2011 @ 01:26 AM
At first glance the news article describing the death of 750 African Grey parrots seems like a screw up by the airline...
Durban - More than 750 African Grey parrots worth about R2m died on a flight from Johannesburg to Durban.
The news has caused shock waves among conservationists, bird breeders and those involved in the aviation industry. The parrots died on December 24 on
a flight operated by 1time.
However, according to Hendrik Matthews the birds were healthy when they were loaded into the airplane.
According to Michael Saltz, Matthews' lawyer, the birds were healthy when they were loaded at O R Tambo airport for the one hour flight on 1time
to Durban. All the requirements for the transport of living cargo were met.
When the crates were taken to Express Air Services' store and opened, only 10 of the birds were still alive, and an hour later only one had survived,
It is suggested that the birds died from dioxide inhalation...
According to him there are indications that a lack of oxygen or dangerous gases could have caused the deaths of the birds.
However a small dog that travelled with the birds in the same cargo hold was perfectly healthy...
If this incident happened a year ago, we would have shrugged it off as a tragic accident. But seeing that similar events all over the globe are
happening (although to wild animals) one can't help but wonder if there is a connection?
edit on 14-1-2011 by Gemwolf because: (no reason given)