By Ngor Deng Matem
A bird not identified by name was found dead with tags on the legs.
The dead bird was spotted in Boro Medina village in Raja County of Western Bahr el Ghazal state last Thursday.
One of the tags has the writing of HT 107 Latvia and E99 on the legs. Latvia is among the countries in Northeastern Europe.
It is said that the concern was reported by the villagers to the office of county Surveillance department in Raja County, which later on shared the news with state Surveillance office in Wau, headquarters of WBS.
It remains unclear what brought the suspected birds bearing tags of Europe to Raja, South Sudan but locals in the area said that investigations are being carried out by the authorities concerned.
For his part, the Minister of Health in Western Bahr el Ghazal state Dr. Vincent Taban Joseph Surur believed that the suspected Eagle bird was blown into the state by the heavy wind.
“An Eagle (bird) was found dead with rings on both legs bearing letters and numbers in Boro medina (Western Bahr El-Ghazal State of South Sudan) during a strong wind that blew on Thursday last week.
Usually, birds with such marks are usually preserved, and closely monitored. How did it escape all that far,” Dr. Vincent asked.
Dr. Vincent appealed to the locals across the state not to anyhow preserve unidentified birds or animals if found dead.
“People must stay away from the dead bodies of these stray birds and any other suspected dead animal bodies, and report to the concerned authorities instead,” Dr. Vincent stressed.
Dr. Vincent added that the concern has been forwarded to the National Geographic Museum for further investigation.