NGO rescues 80 birds from stressful conditions in Agra, Mathura
With the scorching summer heat and rising temperatures over the past couple of months, many birds are facing situations such as heat exhaustion, dehydration, heat stroke, injury and stroke. of dogs. Wildlife SOS alone rescued more than 80 birds in and around Agra and Mathura districts in May and June, informed a press release issued Thursday by the public relations office of Wildlife SOS.
“Birds have been rescued from dire situations such as heat exhaustion, dehydration, heatstroke, injuries and dog attacks after people contacted the emergency helpline number for Agra from the NGO,” the statement said.
“In cities like Agra and Delhi, raptors like the Black Kite often suffer from dehydration and heatstroke due to their tendency to sour at high altitudes in the scorching sun. In a recent incident, a black kite was rescued from the compound wall of a house in Pragati Puram, Agra, after being found unable to fly due to dehydration,” the press release read.
The rescue team rushed to the scene and immediately gave the bird water to rehydrate, a standard protocol followed by Wildlife SOS when rescuing birds suffering from dehydration or exhaustion. due to heat. The kite was kept under observation for a few hours, after which it was released back into its natural habitat. The NGO rescued 17 black kites between May and June.
“Furthermore, out of the 80 birds rescued from Agra during the two months, 49 of them were Indian peacocks commonly known as peacocks alone. In these areas, due to urban encroachment, it has become increasingly more common than peacocks venturing into human settlements, making them prone to attack by street dogs, they often sustain severe wing injuries,” the statement read.
In one such case, a peacock which had flown from a power pole was attacked by a pack of wild dogs in Junsuti, Mathura. The bird was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit and treated for injuries under its wings.
Rapid urbanization also means more buildings and homes are springing up on what was once forest land. For the bird population, this has meant a reduction in natural habitat, causing many birds to collide with building walls, windows and glass. Birds collide through the air against walls at high speed, often leaving them unconscious, with severe injuries, broken bones and even paralysis.
A kingfisher that had flown inside a house and collided with a ceiling fan has been rescued near the west gate of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The bird was found lying unconscious by local residents, who immediately called Wildlife SOS. Fortunately, the bird had not suffered serious injuries and was kept under observation for a day.
A few weeks later, a Barn Owl that had collided with a wall in Azad Nagar was rescued and treated for an injury to its right wing, following which an Indian Eagle Owl was also rescued from Panchkuian , Agra. All birds have now been safely released into their natural habitat.
Baiju Raj MV, Director of Conservation Projects, Wildlife SOS, said: “Birds, especially younger ones, fly low to the ground or land to rest when dehydrated or exhausted from the heat. Too weak to fly, they are often at risk of being attacked by dogs or monkeys and sustaining injuries, sometimes even fatal. It is encouraging to see more people contacting our helplines so that we can save these birds quickly.
Geeta Seshamani, co-founder and secretary of Wildlife SOS, said: “Our planet’s sky gliders, the birds, are a symbol of resilience and freedom. Today, however, due to a rapidly warming planet and urban encroachment, life on earth has become a real challenge for them. Our team is working around the clock to help as many birds in distress as possible. »