Thousands of baby chickens were left on a sweltering Miami International Airport tarmac where temperatures reached 99 degrees. Around 75% of them died, with only 1,300 of them surviving.
Thousands of baby chickens headed for the Bahamas were left unattended on the tarmac of one of Florida’s busiest airports and most of them died. A shipment of around 5,200 baby chickens landed at the Miami International Airport last week, bound for a chicken farm in the Bahamas. After being unloaded by a crew from the Eulen America corporation, the birds were then handed to the Alliance Ground International team who were supposed to store them overnight before leaving for the final destination via Wincorp International shipping.
However, instead, the chicks were left unattended in cardboard boxes for several hours in the hot Miami sun.
The birds arrived on a Delta Airlines plane around 1:15 in the afternoon last Tuesday, a day when temperatures in Miami soared to a high of 99 degrees. Of the 5,200 baby chickens being transported only a reported 1,300 or so survived. The Abaco Big Bird Family Farm where the chicks were headed was shocked by the incident, telling 7 News they’ve never seen anything like this before.
An investigation into the incident is currently underway.