Black stork injured over Jersey goes to Edinburgh Zoo

Black stork The black stork has been looked after by a St Clement vet

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A rare black stork which fell to the ground injured while migrating south over Jersey has finally been found a home.

The young male bird is to go to Edinburgh Zoo.

The stork has become very tame during its three-month stay in Jersey, first with a vet in St Clement and now at Durrell.

It is not often that such a large bird is seen in Jersey as they are normally found in Eastern Europe and Russia.

The birds migrate to south of the Sahara towards the end of the summer.

It is currently in quarantine at Durrell which is the usual procedure, and will be cared for until it goes to Edinburgh in December or the New Year.

David Jeggo, head of the bird department at Durrell, said it was still unknown how and why the Stork ended up in Jersey.

He said: "It is very rare, I can't remember how many records there are in Jersey but there are very few.

"The real thing is that we are too far west, they are birds of eastern Europe and through into Asia really, it is what's called an 'accidental visitor' to the Channel Islands.

"It should be in Africa by now, sensible birds move south out of this awful weather.

"There were three of them originally, they drifted off course and that is what brought them over here."

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