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Injured birds get a healing centre in Kota

An organisation of bird lovers has set up a centre in Kota to treat injured winged creatures

jaipur Updated: Jul 01, 2017 19:50 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times
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Members of Human Helpline, treat injured birds in Kota on Saturday. (AH Zaidi/HT Photo.)

An organisation of bird lovers has set up a centre in Kota to treat injured winged creatures.

“Birds are generally injured after falling off nests on trees and high-rise buildings, and getting stuck in kite strings and shutters of the shops; sometimes they are bitten by animals and left unattended,” said Manoj Jain Adinath, founder of Human Helpline that established the centre with an expenditure of ₹4 lakh.

“The injured birds often die in the absence of treatment. Now the centre will save them,” said Adinath, a builder who took the initiative to set up the bird cure centre in Dadabari area.

Human Helpline was treating injured birds, particularly during the kite festival of Makar Sakranti, at an open place for the last two years.

“When we received complaints about bird injuries round the year, we decided to establish the cure centre a couple of days ago,” said Adinath.

Bird lovers Bheem Singh Sisodia, Ajit Singh and Waseem Ahmad are also involved in the establishment of the centre, which has nursing and assistance staff, and an ambulance that was purchased at ₹3 lakh.

“Special cages in the form of wards have been made for injured birds at the centre for treatment and post-operative care,” said Ajit Singh.

The centre now lacks a doctor, but most of the injured birds, Singh said, need first aid, which is provided by the nursing staff who even apply sutures -- stitches holding together the edges of a wound.

Severely injured or ill birds are taken to the government veterinary doctor of the Kota zoo, Adinath said. “Helpline numbers are given for ferrying injured or ailing birds through our free ambulance service. So far we have treated owls, pigeons, egrets and sparrows.”

He said, “Environment conservation and developing love among people for living creatures, including birds, is the main aim of the centre.”

He called for establishing a government bird hospital in Kota with bigger infrastructure as the perennial Chambal river and a canal network attract a large number winged beauties, including migratory ones.

“Our centre cannot cater to bigger birds, such as peacocks; a bigger bird hospital is required in the city,” Adinath said.

First Published: Jul 01, 2017 19:50 IST