Nearly 100 birds at popular B.C. tourist ranch euthanized after avian flu detected

Nearly 100 birds, including ducks, chickens, pheasants and peacocks, have been euthanized after avian flu tore through O’Keefe Ranch, a popular tourist spot in B.C.’s Okanagan region. 

Ranch manager Sherrilee Franks said the outbreak began with a ranch favourite, an eight-year-old turkey named New Orleans. He died earlier this month, and it was assumed it was due to old age, until one of his female counterparts perished the following day.

Franks said they reported the deaths to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which has been tracking avian flu cases nationwide since December.

“There were more birds dying so we were pretty certain this was going to be a positive, so we had

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