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Storks in the Centre of Kharkov

We have received several messages from Kharkov inhabitants who have seen storks in the centre of Kharkov. White Stork is a bird that is quite common for Kharkov region. But still it is surprising to see this bird in the centre of a big city. That's why the desire of people to help "stray storks" is quite understandable.

We would like to answer the common questions. 

1. Where do these storks come from?

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These storks have come from the Zoo. Kharkov Zoo is not only a place for family pastime and a "live museum" but also it is a conservational institution. One of its tasks is nature protection as well as replenishment of wild animal populations.

You can see this function at its best if you take the example of storks. During many years nestlings of a pair of Storks that inhabit the enclosure on the Big Pond have been released into the wild. Zoo workers do not try to keep these animals in the Zoo as Kharkov Zoo has got enough individuals of White Storks for exhibition. Young Storks born in the Zoo (please see the preceding news) will soon join their wild kin and live in the wild. Such conservation programs exist in many Zoos of Europe. 

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From time to time some birds return to the Zoo as they consider it their home. They may appear not in the Zoo but also in the outskirts of the Zoo, for example on Sumskaya street or on Square of Liberty.

2. Should One Save the Sork, e.g. Take it to One's House, Bring it to Some Institution etc.?

No, in the majority of cases this is not needed. Storks are quite capable of taking care of themselves. These are big and strong birds who are quite adapted to conditions of our region. They are not going to pass a lot of time in the centre of the city and they will soon leave for a place that is more suitable for them.

The only exception should be made for sick or wounded birds (for example, if a wing of the sork is broken). Such birds are to be brought to the Zoo where they will be taken care of. If you try to catch a healthy stork, your efforts to catch it and to transport it somewhere will do it more harm than good.

If you have come across a stork and it looks healthy, just do not interfere. You may take a snap, just to not come too close. It is quite a pleasant moment to rejoice upon when you see that local fauna representatives can still be met in the city.