A local resident's enthusiasm to go for a morning walk in a chilling Monday morning came out to be a saviour for a peacock that had been attacked by a stray canine at the East of Kailash Park.
Sanjay Verma, a regular morning walker, went to the park around 7.00 am and noticed that a stray dog had attacked a peacock and bitten off a huge chunk of meat off the national bird's back.
"I immediately took the bird to a vet in Saket. Dr S Kumar of Saket Pet Clinic put 40 stitches on the bird during the operation that went on for almost two hours 30 minutes," Verma, who is a power project consultant, said.
Verma then called in his friend Deepak Tanwar and they took the peacock to the Delhi zoo. Tanwar said they waited at the National Zoological Park's gate for almost an hour but in vein.
"The guards at the gate kept on talking to a person who called the zoo director's personal secretary. We were neither allowed to talk to any official nor were let inside," said Tanwar.
National Zoological Park director AK Agnihotri said, "We sometimes do help on humanitarian grounds but we have our own limitations. However, this case has not come to my knowledge."
The peacock was later taken to Charity Bird Hospital located within the Jain temple premises in Chandni Chowk area opposite the Red Fort.
The bird has been kept in a room with a heater and fed properly.
"The bird is not yet fully recovered. We have fed paneer (cottage cheese) today and would give it soaked lentils (chana daal) tomorrow," said hospital manager Pramod Jain.
Dog lovers are, however, not perturbed with the incident. Gautam Barat, co-founder of NGO Frendicos, said, "Generally stray dogs do not attack birds. There has to be a reason for the attack. Possibly, it was the peacock that strayed into the dog's territory."