Thousands of baby chickens died on Tuesday from excessive heat in the Miami International Airport in Florida.
Greg Chin, a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, said that an employee discovered a shipment of baby chickens in an Alliance (Ground International) Cargo warehouse that had arrived on Tuesday on a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul during a routine patrol.
Chin said the baby chickens were on a Delta flight, which landed at Miami International Airport at 1:16 PM on Tuesday and had been loaded onto metal baggage carts, sitting under the South Florida sun for some time.
The temperature at Miami International Airport was 90 degrees on Tuesday, with a feels-like temperature of 98 degrees.
Erin Moffet, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said the department was notified Tuesday afternoon the “birds had died as a result of excessive heat while awaiting transport to the Bahamas”.
“The remaining live chicks made it to their final destination,” Moffet said.
Out of the 5,200 chicks originally in the shipment, only about 1,300 made it to the Bahamas alive.
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