Storm Eunice did business for Kira, the lioness of Pairi Daiza, who took advantage of the bad weather to swoop down on an unexpected prey.
In Hainaut, Eunice, which took place last Friday, did a lot of damage. While a crane collapsed on the Chwapi during the afternoon, Pairi Daizi, in Brugelette, was also the scene of a news item linked to the storm.
As “Het Laatste Nieuws” relates on its website, Franklin’s big sister, the storm this Sunday evening indirectly caused the death of an animal in the animal park.
“Like the rest of the country, we were not spared, says Pairi Daiza spokesperson Sven Watthy. On Friday evening, a tree fell on the aviary of our black-billed stork. was alone. He was able to escape and landed Saturday morning in the area where our lions are staying.” The rest, everyone guesses it. “The hunting instinct of these predators resurfaced: they killed and ate the stork.”
On Facebook, a photographer shared particularly challenging images of Kira, one of the park’s lionesses, enjoying her feast. “A little extra” that the animal obviously particularly appreciated, according to observers.
Extremely rare, the event is all the more sad as the black-billed stork is an endangered animal. Coming from China, but also observed in Japan, Korea or Taiwan, the bird mainly suffers from the felling of forests and the drying up of the marshy areas where it traditionally lives.