It was reported by some residents at Woodley estate that a Marabou stork had landed on an electric line and suffered an electric shock but luckily two of our field officers got there on time to save the bird. We found him injured and the left toe was broken. The Marabou Stork was being fed by the public on grains, which shouldn’t be the case because the animal feeds on flesh. Thereafter, the field officers rushed him to KSPCA clinic and was attended by the Veterinary Doctor.
Some information about the Marabou Stork.
Marabou storks are scavengers in nature, and mostly feed on animal carcasses. However, they are also known to prey on fish, frogs, eggs, baby crocodiles, snakes, small birds, adult flamingos, and locusts. They are also known to join vultures in searching for food, as vultures are equipped with hooked bills that helps in the tearing of the carcass meat.
Marabou storks practice urohydrosis, which means defecating on the legs. They do this as a cooling mechanism. It helps them regulate their body temperature, and also gives the legs a white appearance.