Manja turns death trap for birds in Hyderabad | Hyderabad News



HYDERABAD: Birds of various types — rare, less common and common — were at the receiving end of kite manjas in the past three days in Hyderabad.
More than 60 injured birds, including a rare vulture, and less common species such as barn owl and whistling duck were rescued by various animal welfare groups across the city. Besides these, scores of pigeons and crows also suffered bleeding injuries after being trapped in manjas hanging on trees and electricity wires in and around Hyderabad.Also among the injured were a couple of animals, including a puppy, which is critically injured.
“This year has been worse than before as we have had to run to over 40 rescues around the city,” said Pradeep Nair of Animal Warriors Conservation Society, which runs a bird rehabilitation centre. “Shockingly, in just one week we rescued vultures, whistling ducks, barn owls and egrets. One of the egrets had a deep cut on its wing, and we found its white feathers drenched in its own blood.”
The whistling duck, which usually migrates to the south of India during winter, fell from the skies into an apartment in Saroornagar. The vulture, which is a very rare find in urban corners, was also found in Saroornagar, entangled in threads.
Srikanth Bhamidipati, a birdwatcher from the city, also received eight rescue calls, of which five birds were rescued including a tailor bird, while three ended up as fatalities.
A 20-25 days old puppy was afflicted with an injury around the neck in Banjara Hills. “We took the puppy to a vet, but it looks like chances are bleak as it has still not weaned off its mother’s milk and is fragile,” said Paneru Teja, whose organisation Citizen for Animals got 20 rescue calls last week.
Meanwhile, the rescuers note that matters might get worse in the coming days. “The issue with manja is that the injuries it leaves behind will not be restricted to one month when kite flying is at its peak, but continues throughout the year as the manja remains stuck on trees and wires killing birds. Last year, we rescued 800 birds. While pigeons and crows, which lose a wing, remain with us in our rehab centre, other species are sent to the zoo,” said Pradeep.





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