Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
by Staff Writers
Vienna (AFP) July 3, 2012
Record heat in Austria claimed its first victims over the weekend: some 5,000 young chickens at a farm which were crushed or suffocated as they tried to escape an overheated barn.
Temperatures rose in the barn in eastern Styria state, as the mercury outside hovered around 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), prompting the birds to flock to the exits for fresh air.
In the panic, some 5,000 were crushed or suffocated, said the local fire department, which later disposed of the bodies.
The barn had a ventilation and alarm system but stood in the sun, which is what probably caused the heat to build up inside, the farm's owner told Austrian broadcaster ORF.
The farm near Feldbach in southeastern Austria keeps some 30,000 chickens, divided into several barns.
Austria saw record temperatures over the weekend with the mercury rising up to 37.7 degrees on Saturday: a first for the month of June since records began some 250 years ago, the national meteorological institute ZAMG said.
Weather News at TerraDaily.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|