Birds that are unable to fly due to injuries or illness can now recuperate at a shelter in the city. Located near Rakh Bagh,adjacent to the Guru Nanak Stadium, the home for winged creatures has facilities like a pool where they can be bathed and an infirmary where sick birds are nursed back to health.
The laudable initiative to set up a home to care for wounded, ill and orphaned birds has been taken by the Pakshi Sewa Samiti, an NGO working for the welfare of birds and animals. "The society decided to build a shelter for birds near Rakh Bagh at a site where there was a garbage dump earlier at an estimated cost of several lakhs. At present seven injured crows are being treated in the infirmary," said Ashok Thapar, the society's president.
Vipan Bhatia, who earlier headed the Pakshi Sewa Samiti and a bird lover himself, said he had brought the injured crows to the shelter for treatment at its infirmary. "I have been taking care of injured birds of various species at my home for the past many years. However, from now on I'll be taking any injured or sick bird I find to this new shelter," he added.
Munish Sama, the society's cashier, said the team members washed the interiors of the bird shelter every day to ensure a clean and hygienic environment. "Our aim is to care for injured and sick birds. We feed them with 'moong dal' in water, wheat flour, maize and millets and make sure not a single bird goes hungry. Whenever a bird gets well and is able to fly it is released. The society plans to build more such bird shelters in the city."
"The society is doing admirable work in caring for sick and injured birds," said Ranjeet Singh Dhillon, a member of the state legislature who inaugurated the bird shelter.