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5,000 cranes found dead at Hula Lake amid outbreak of avian flu

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Crane carcasses litter the lake at the Hula Lake Reserve in northern Israel on December 26, 2021, following an outbreak of bird flu. (Guy Eilon/ Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
Crane carcasses litter the lake at the Hula Lake Reserve in northern Israel on December 26, 2021, following an outbreak of bird flu. (Guy Eilon/ Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

Around 5,000 dead cranes are found dead at the Hula Lake Reserve in northern Israel, amidst an outbreak of avian flu that has also seen the culling of more than half a million chickens and turkeys.

Feeding is continuing since the outbreak of the H5N1 virus at the lake and in chicken sheds at Moshav Margaliot near the Lebanese border to try to keep the cranes from flying elsewhere and taking the virus with them.

The Agriculture Ministry has said that the farmers on the moshav failed to report the outbreak in real time, allowing it to spread like wildfire.

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