A bird in Hong Kong’s famous bird market has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus. So yesterday the government yesterday closed the market for three weeks. All of the birds housed in the stall with the contaminated bird will be put to death.
It seems like only yesterday that Tom and I walked through this market on our first day in Hong Kong. Tom took some beautiful photos of the market I’d like to share here. To start, this is one of my favorites:
I was so tempted to buy a little cockatiel cage to take home for the kids, but then wondered where in the world I’d hang it in our cluttered house. I also like this photo. Notice the hanging cages off to the left, including one with a cover to protect the bird inside from the elements (on that day it was overcast, hot, and humid).
The market sells a wide variety of birds. Here’s a toucan.
And some lovely gray birds.
A couple varieties of green.
And finally a cage filled with colorful birds, perhaps a little too close for comfort.
No matter, it’s sad the market will be closed for the next few weeks. But better safe than sorry.