This is the moment a massive flock of hungry migrating storks enjoy a free feast after they were forced by bad weather to make an emergency landing in Turkish city.
The storks had allegedly been forced to land due to stormy weather and settled in a park in the Turkish city of Konya as a result.
When they realised the storks were starving and with no fish-filled ponds for them to feed on, local officials stepped in and delivered trays of free fish that were dumped on the ground for the birds to feed on.
In the video, numerous storks can be seen apparently enjoying their break from migration while walking on the grass in Konya and tucking into the free fish.
Mayor of Konya Ugur İbrahim Altay told local media: “Our Municipality organizes feeding of the storks with fish so that they do not starve.”
“This is the first time we are encountering something like this.”
In Turkey as in other countries, storks, which are often seen as the heralds of spring and come to the country with the warming of the weather, although they are more often seen in nature reserves and rural lakes than the empty parks in the city centre.
The mayor added that the city that also boasts an animal ambulance service will regularly care for injured or hungry animals.
He added it was the coldest season of recent years and that they had embraced all living things in nature affected by adverse weather conditions: “Our guests will stay in our city until the storm subsides. As the municipality, we feed the storks with fish so that they do not go hungry. We will continue to feed our guests as long as the storm continues.”
Zeki Tuncer, one of the locals who fed the storks that landed in the city with bread and water, also thanked the municipal teams for adding fish.
He said: “At first we didn’t know what to do, but then we gave them bread and water. But today the municipal teams brought fish. This is the first time we’ve seen anything like this. We will continue to feed until the storks leave.”
Konya is a major industrial city in south-central Turkey and there are many lakes on the outskirts that it appears the storks may have been aiming for when they were forced to land.
Lake Tuz for example is the second-largest lake in all of Turkey and supplies the country with a large amount of its salt demand.
And Beysehir Lake is on the western part of Konya and is the largest fresh water lake in the country and one of the most important national parks.
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Story By: Marija Stojkoska, Sub-Editor: William McGee, Agency: Newsflash
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