Henry County

Bird flu confirmed at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, killing hundreds of birds

HENRY COUNTY, Ga — More than 700 wild black vultures were found dead on the grounds of the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary as a result of the bird flu virus.

As a result, many avian species, such as ostriches, emus, and parrots, in the park are also set to be euthanized soon, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

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“I am deeply saddened at the news of the latest developments unfolding at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary. The animals and staff deserve the highest level of care during these difficult times, and I fully intend to do all I can to continue to bring awareness and support to this life-saving sanctuary,” Sen. Emanuel Jones said. “On behalf of the Henry County Delegation, it is our mission to provide the utmost respect and dedication to the animals and staff at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary to help combat the devastating events that have unfolded at such a wonderful place.”


A six-mile perimeter surrounding the sanctuary grounds has been put in place to help combat the spread of the virus.

The sanctuary in Locust Grove, Ga will remain closed through Saturday, Sep. 3, according to its website.

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