France brand flamingo travels to Turkey

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ANKARAA 30-year-old flamingo from the French Rhône made his trip to Turkey via Tunisia and Italy.

The flamingo was marked in July 1990 and last seen at the end of June in Tuzgolu, the second largest lake in Turkey.

Environmental protection officials in Turkey are watching the flamingo – currently the oldest ever recorded in the country.

In researching the history of the specimen, biologists Kiraz Erciyas Yavuz, Murat Dogan and Nizamettin Yavuz said the data showed that he had been seen in Tunisia at the age of three and at the age of eight, he had returned to Italy, returning to Tunisia at 23 and 27.

The distance from where the bird was marked in France was 4,400 kilometers (2,700 miles) from where it was seen in Tuzgolu.

According to data from the Turkish Ministry of the Environment and Urbanization, there are 600,000 flamingos worldwide, including 60,000 in Turkey.

Last year, Tuzgolu hosted 20,000 flamingos, with up to a quarter of the flamingo population from Europe later in Turkey.

The flamingos which reproduce irregularly every few years in Tuzgolu have started to do so regularly in a colony in this region in recent years.

* Written by Dilara Hamit

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