It’s in our hands to save the voiceless if we can and make a difference. Following this motto, a group of Delhi University students (DU) along with Wildlife Rescue, an organisation dedicated to rescuing birds in distress rescued 91 birds that were injured and rendered homeless after a massive dust storm resulted in uprooted trees.
One of the students Abhinav Garg, PHD in Environmental Studies, says, “ It was around 7.30 in the night when I saw the fallen trees after the dust storm. I even got a glimpse of birds stuck under the broken branches. I didn’t know what to do. Then somebody suggested that I take the help of Wildlife Rescue. They reached there and the rescue operation went on till 3 am in the morning.”
The rescued birds included sixty-eight black kites, twenty blue rock pigeons, two collard doves, one common myna, and one peacock. As there were no lights, the team faced difficulties during rescue operations.
“We got several calls and messages from different people.By the time we reached, around 25-30 trees could be seen fallen on the road. While many of the birds were strangled in the broken branches and dead, others couldn’t fly as they were wet due to rains and had suffered broken wings. We took them to our centre. We will release them once they recover. Some birds even perished by the time we reached our rescue centre,” says Nadeem Shehzad, secretary of Wildlife Rescue.
Delhi Police also helped the rescue team to save the birds. “Without the efforts of DU students and Delhi Police, it would be difficult to save them. Delhi Police even took a peacock for treatment as his right limb was injured badly,” adds Shehzad.
Another student, Arbin Kumar Thakur, student of environmental studies says, “Students from all departments came together in the operation and we split up the teams and covered different areas. As a student of environmental studies, we had a basic idea about birds and the function of their body parts, so we helped them accordingly until the rescue team arrived there.”
HELP AT HAND - If you see a bird in distress then call
1) Wildlife rescue Helpline Number- 98100 29698, 98101-29698, 98106-39698
2) Jain Charity Bird Hospital, Delhi: Shri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir Ji, Opposite Red Fort, Chandni Chowk- Contact : +91 9810016162, +91 9968855520
3) Jain Charity Bird Hospital, Gurgaon: Near Govt Girls School, St Jain Mandir,: Phone: +91 9213922978, +91 9818564624, +91 9810387093, +91 9136148361, +91 9311217325 Landline: 0124-3201740
Fauna Police (Sarojini Nagar, Delhi) – 9212-11111-6, 98683-55222
Wildlife SOS (For all wildlife Located at Defence Colony in South Delhi): 98719 63535; 011- 2462 1939, 2464 4231