The death of ducks at a water pond at Bhurare village near Chamkaur Sahib created a scare of bird flu in the area.
A migrant labourer noticed the dead birds, including spot-billed ducks and three little grebes at the village pond on Thursday evening. Later, the local administration was also informed.
The animal husbandry department officials visited the area and took the dead birds into their possession .The birds were then sent for test to regional diseases diagnostic laboratory, Jalandhar, in ice pack to ascertain the cause of death.
On Friday, Dr SK Khullar, deputy director, animal husbandry department, along with a team of veterinary doctors and wildlife officials also visited the spot and found some more dead birds there. The dead ducks were buried under ground after digging a deep pit.
According to range officer (wildlife) Sunil Kumar, total nine birds, including six spot-billed ducks and three little grebes had died.
Dr Khullar said that an empty bottle of pesticide was also found in the pond and it was possible that birds might have died due to toxicity of pesticide.
He said the villagers had been asked to not allow any person or any animal to enter the village pond till the report of the test of water samples was not received.