Thursday, January 31, 2008

Suspected bird flu shuts Hong Kong park’s aviaries

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong theme park is to shut its aviaries for three weeks following the discovery of a wild heron suspected of dying from bird flu.

The bird was found on Monday in a remote area of Ocean Park, on the south coast of Hong Kong Island.

“As a precautionary measure, the walk-in aviaries in Ocean Park will be temporarily closed to visitors for 21 days starting tomorrow,” said a spokesperson with Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Ocean Park, a conservation-focused theme park with pandas, dolphins, birds and rollercoasters, attracted nearly 5 million visitors last year, proving more popular than the struggling Hong Kong Disneyland.

Spokeswoman Christine Lau said the rest of the park would operate normally and the aviary closures were a precautionary measure, with the 900 birds in its collection not having shown any symptoms of bird flu.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 01/31 at 06:11 AM
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