An investigation has been launched to probe why a number of birds are dropping dead in a Welsh town.
Locals have reported spotting numerous dead pigeons around Llanrwst, in the Conwy county of Wales, over recent weeks.
Garry Lloyd Jones found three dead birds laid in his yard on Sunday, and also said he has also noticed dead pigeons around the town over the past couple of weeks.
Garry, who used to race pigeons as a teenager, took to Facebook to question whether the cause could be poison or avian flu, which prompted others to comment that they had also seen dead birds about town.
According to reports from The Sun, he has since reported the matter to Conwy Council and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
The former mayor of Llanrwst said: “I found another dead pigeon on top of a bin in town.
“It really is very odd, and let’s hope it’s not poison or – perhaps even worse – avian flu.”
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One woman commented on Mr Jones’ Facebook post saying she had found two of the birds dead.
“One by Sip Sioned, and the other by the Red Lion pub,” she said.
Another Facebook user’s husband had a less-than-pleasant experience at home upon finding a dead bird in their garden in Trefriw.
One other commenter said she had found two dead pigeons by the river in Llanrwst.
“I feed the pigeons every day and the birds are in a good condition,” she said. “There’s usually around 80 to 100 of them, but yesterday only around 13 to 14 turned up.”
The woman said she had put two of the dead birds in the freezer, so Defra can inspect them.
The situation was “worrying”, she said, and she was under the impression her pet chickens had also been affected by the mystery illness.
She had to put two of them down, she wrote, after they lost weight and didn’t want to eat anything.
When she picked them up, she said they screamed.
“I’ve kept chickens all my life but I had no idea what was wrong with them,” she said.
At present, Defra has no alerts for avian flu affecting wild birds in Wales.
A spokesman said: “Where dead or sick wild birds are reported to the Defra helpline, we will investigate as necessary as part of our disease surveillance work.
“Results for dead wild birds that have tested positive for avian influenza are routinely published.”
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