It was a flight of death for a strange bird believed to have crossed boundaries from Germany to Kenya.
The over 6,000km journey terminated in Irianyi-Omogonchoro village of Nyamira County.
Kefa Obaga, who was the custodian of the bird upto it’s death, said he picked it from the nearby garden as he headed home at around 9pm on 7th April.
He said the bird hit electricity main grid wires and injured one of its wings.
Obaga said that at first he thought it was electricity officials who were working on the grid only to realise it was a bird with tags on its legs lying helpless.
The tags stuck on both legs of the tall white bird prompted Obaga to rescue it in the hope that the ‘owner’ would show up.
“I was headed home on that night and a few meters to my house, I heard a sound and saw sparks from the electricity main grids.
My first thought was that it was a power official working on the power line,” Obaga said.
“After some seconds, I heard the sound of a landing mass and on advancing to the scene, I found a mysterious bird.”
Upon examination, he found that one of its wings had been injured from the electric shock.
“I picked it and kept it in my house for a week. It died on the night of April 12, 2022,” said Obaga.
He said that he is still keeping the remains of the tourist bird and appealed to the Kenya Wildlife Services to contact him to pick it for preservation at the Museums.
“Let the relevant authorities come and pick the remains for a better place where it can be preserved,” he said.
The bird, according to online data, with the tag X6N33, is a German bird identification number found in Hiddensee Island in the Baltic Sea located West of German’s largest Island Rugen.
Germany is 6,235 kilometers to Kenya.
A plane takes close to 7 hours from German to Nairobi, Kenya.
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