“On a cycling trip in Southern Kedah, Malaysia, along the long coastal bund road, we found this Barn Owl (Tyto alba) gripping tightly on the live cables (left, below). I could see some flies but no foul smell, probably due to the strong breeze from the sea as this corpse was high above.
“I personally had encountered live wire and the moment I touched, it ‘boomed’ loudly with flying sparks and it actually repulsed me. Not sure why this fated owl still held on the cable. If the owl has linked up the circuit (+ve & -ve) then I am sure it would be charcoal black. The photos only showed the black-burnt beak area. I have seen a whole monkey burnt to charcoal when caught on such live cables.
“Another point I would like to note is that modern live cables near housing areas are now seen to be coated. This one still has not changed. Do you think this issue should be highlighted to the responsible utility company? What about other countries, anyone can comment about live cables in your country and perhaps fatalities on wildlife? It would be interesting to learn about this live cables issue in conservation of wildlife.”
10th July 2010