UK - Bacteria Killing Swans
Date: 08/25/1995 04:00 AM
A heatwave currently hitting the United Kingdom has spawned a
deadly bacteria which is killing thousands of swans and other
fresh-water birds. Botulism C grows in rotting vegetation and silt
at the bottom of ponds and rivers. The driest summer recorded in
the UK since the sixteenth century has left water levels low and
temperatures high - the perfect combination for the bacteria to
thrive. The bacteria - which is harmless to humans - slowly
paralyses birds which come into contact with it until they can't
use their wings and drown. Botulism C does respond to anti-biotics
but the crisis has meant stocks are running low. The only real
solution is prolonged rain.
0.00 ms sick swan in cage
0.06 cu swan's head
0.09 cu baby swan head
0.12 ms swans head falling
0.17 drip-pan-to swans
0.23 ws river and ducks
0.26 natsot Professor Christopher Perrins- Zoologist Oxford University
" In hot weather especially when the river is dry and low
and there's lots of mud exposed, then it does extremely well
and the toxin it produces gets out into the water and the
birds get poisoned."
0.40 ms duck in water
0.44 man in boat fishes out dead bird.
0.51 duck handed to rescuers.
0.53 injecting duck (with natsot at 0.56)
0.56 natsot Dorothy Beeson-National Swan Sanctuary
"We would normally use one bottle every six weeks, now we're
using in the region of six bottles a day."
1.01 pan inside swan hospital
1.07 cu swans heads
1.13 ws swans in pond
1.17 vision ends