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Over a dozen birds injured due to kite strings being treated in Gurgaon hospital

Few birds have lost their legs as they were trapped in the glass coated strings, while some have injuries around their neck.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 16, 2017 21:57 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
Charity Birds Hospital,Sadar Bazar,Gurgaon
(HT Photo)

More than a dozens of birds -- who got injuries from kite strings -- are being treated at the Charity Birds Hospital, located at Sadar Bazar, the only bird hospital in the city.

Every year, due to the kite flying ceremony usually observed by the residents of the city during Independence Day, many birds get injured.

“We have received 10 calls today from various locations in the city regarding injured birds. At present we are treating more than 12 birds at our hospital,” said Dr. Raj Kumar, in-charge at Charity Birds Hospital.

The doctors have received calls from South City-1, DLF Phase-1 and Sector 50 to pick the injured birds. Few birds have lost their legs as they were trapped in the glass coated strings, while some have injuries around their neck. Most of the injured birds have their wings damaged.

“We also came across dehydrated birds and their wings were badly injured. The injured birds include pigeons, crow, mayna as they live close to human habitat and they construct their nests in and around houses,” said Kumar.

These birds are given glucose and they will take a week to recover, said Kumar. The doctors have also conducted surgeries on some of those birds. Some birds might not be able to fly properly as they are critically injured, doctors said. “We are going to receive calls for the entire week. This is an annual issue. Though we have tried to make people aware about the plight of birds because of kite flying, residents seldom cares,” said Kumar.

The hospital also has received calls from Uttam Nagar and Dwarka in Delhi. “The district administration is guilty of contempt of court. Even after the National Green Tribunal’s order of banning glass coated strings, however people are still using it in the city. The manjha strings are fatal for the birds. Every year a large number of birds die and get injured because of those strings,” said Amit Chaudhery, president, People For Animals (PFA), Gurgaon.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 21:44 IST