Hundreds of birds found dead after New Year fireworks in Rome

This is the harrowing moment hundreds of birds were found dead after reportedly suffering heart attacks caused by fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

The bodies of the little feathered creatures were recorded in several locations around Rome, Italy, in the early hours of January 1.

Animal rights groups say the tragedy was caused by fireworks set off on New Year’s Eve which scared them to death.

Taxi Driver Diego Fenicchia said that he still working and had passengers in the car when he saw the dead birds.

He said: ‘I was passing through via Cavour, a street near the central train station. I didn’t understand at first what was on the ground, then I realized they were dead birds, and there were hundreds of them. It was about 00.40 and the causes could be due to the fireworks, at least that’s the first thing I thought, but I’m not a scientist or a veterinarian, so I can’t take the responsibility to say with certainty that was the reason.’

The birds are believed to have been roosting in trees in the leafy neighbourhood when they were disturbed by the fireworks.

Loredana Diglio, from the International Organisation for the Protection of Animals, said the birds ‘could have died from fear’.

He added: ‘They can fly up together and knock against each other, or hit windows or electric power lines. Let’s not forget they can also die of heart attacks.’