We have seen some shocking images of animal abuse on Green Prophet, but this picture of 11 dead flamingos in Kuwait is definitely on our list of the most disturbing. Earlier this year Arwa published a story depicting dead sharks in the UAE killed for their fins, and only a few weeks ago, we learned about one million migrating songbirds that are killed for a pickled dish in Cyprus.
In both of those cases, the animals were at least killed for food, but last week one or more crazy Kuwaiti yahoos shot and killed 11 flamingos for absolutely no reason at all. These images come directly from the Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat (K’s PATH), who rushed to the Abdaliya Nature Preserve to rescue 2 flamingos that had been left to die, and to document the senseless carnage poachers left behind.
According to K’s PATH, a worker at the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) called them to report that poachers had broken through fencing at the Abdaliya Nature Preserve and shot 13 flamingos in total. 11 died immediately, one was in fatal condition with a broken leg and birdshot, and another suffered from stress and myopathy.
Abdaliya Nature Preserve is a joint KOC and Public Authority for Agriculture and Fish Resources (PAAFR) project.
K’s PATH employees rushed to the scene, photographed the dead birds, and transported the two injured birds to the Royal Animal Hospital, where Dr. Jill Mullen and staff examined them. The team consulted Dr. Robert Aguilar, an American veterinarian, who advised them to place the birds in an adapted raptor cage with standard mirrors that help the birds feel like they are still a part of a flock, thereby reducing stress.
The flamingo with the broken leg died, but the other bird is doing reasonable well, eating, and is undergoing a rehabilitation.
K’s PATH relies on donations for funding since government support is paltry, despite press material that reveals His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah showing support for wildlife conservation projects in Kuwait. The Emir was reported to have released some rabbits and deer into the Sabah Al-Ahmad Nature Preserve.
According to K’s PATH, poaching in Kuwait has reached epic proportions, and it is not uncommon to see men shooting at animals from moving vehicles.