30 August 2021
From Parco Pallavicino to the Po Delta, happy ending in the rescue of the pink flamingo
The Parco Pallavicino‘s commitment to taking care of wild animals and reintroducing them into nature continues. The pink flamingo recovered last October in serious condition by the provincial police of Beura in Ossola has been released in Porto Tolle, in the Park of the Po Delta, and is well. When found, the bird was exhausted, incapable of standing up, with significantly damaged plumage. It had presumably confused its migratory route, having become disorientated by the bad weather of the previous days.
Initially admitted to the CRAS [Wildlife Rescue Centre] in San Bernardino Verbano, it was cared for and fed by means of a probe, to then be moved to the Parco Pallavicino, where veterinarian Uberto Calligarich and biologist Tommaso Calligarich took responsibility for its functional recovery. Until today, the pink flamingo, probably born in 2019, has “holidayed” for around eight months in the park of Terre Borromeo in Stresa inside the structure where two Chilean flamingos already live.
Thanks to an extraordinary operation that has seen the collaboration between Parco Pallavicino and the various territorial institutions of the CRAS and CITES rescue centres, Forestry Police and Provincial Police of Verbania and Rovigo, it has been possible to reintroduce the flamingo into the wild in an area populated by thousands of other individuals, both resident and migratory.
The pink flamingo was successfully released by the doctors Calligarich and by forestry policeman Pulvirenti in the presence of Marshal Meytre and Deputy Sergeant Ferraro: the flamingo joined its companions and has begun to feed by filtering water with its bill. In accordance with the regulations in force, the flamingo has been ringed to enable it to be identified.