Trapped since they were born, they managed to distract the best of athletes. As many as 20 odd birds that were trapped inside the Commonwealth Games (CWG) indoor venues have been rescued by animal rescue NGOs.
The birds, which were born in captivity thanks to the oversight of the contractors of the venues, were finally rescued and set free.
The birds, otherwise harmless, were messing the venues and were hampering the athletes' concentration during practice sessions.
"The contractors did not remove the nests while they were constructing the indoor venues. The nests had eggs and these birds were born in confinement. They are harmless birds but they do untidy the place and the flutter of wings distracts the athletes," said a member of Wildlife SOS.
Till now, the animal rescue NGOs have rescued several mynas, pigeons, sparrows and even crows from the various locations.
Just two days back they rescued two pigeons from the cycle velodrome inside the Indira Gandhi Stadium.
"Till now, we have managed to rescue two mynas, a number of pigeons and some other birds from these locations. We just catch them and then later release them at a different location," added the member.
However, the problem lies with the open-air stadiums like the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Animal rescue members deployed at these venues are on the lookout for birds like kites, eagles and crows that fly over these locations.
"The problem of kites is persistent especially at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. These birds fly at high altitude but sometime they do fly down to the cool confines of the stadium. We are making efforts to catch them," added one of the members of the rescue team.
The problem with catching these birds is that they cannot be relocated. So the rescuers have come out with a nouvelle solution.
"We would catch these birds and place them in safe places where they have space to fly as well as live in their normal habitat but in confinement,” he said, adding, "Later, we would relocate them to other areas where they have a favourable environment and do not need to fly back near the stadium."