A police officer Abhay Mokashi, of Badlapur police station, has taken on the role of surrogate parent to seven baby owls. The birds were near starvation when they were found in a room at the old police quarters in Badlapur last month.
Locals had alerted Mokashi to the presence of the birds who, with a few other police personnel, kept a watch on them for a few days to see if the parents of the birds were around.
When convinced that the parents were not coming back, Mokashi got in touch with animal lover Ruturaj Joshi, who advised the police to move the birds out of them area immediately.
With Mokashi in the lead, the entire staff of the police station has been fussing over and feeding the birds every day.
“We have also informed the local forest officer and will release these babies once they become strong enough to fly,” Mokashi said.