Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Chinese thread kills 20 rare birds in Gujarat.
RAJKOT: On Sunday, Bhavnagar residents witnessed a funeral procession where the deceased were painted stork.
Shocked at the deaths of as many as 20 of these storks, which are on the near-threatened list of Birdlife International, nature lovers wanted to show citizens what their "Chinese manja" (nylon twine) does to the avians.
The 20 painted storks were among 34 birds which had been killed by nylon kite strings during the Uttarayan festivities on January 14 and 15.
The forest department in Bhavnagar said that 121 of them were injured.
Painted storks are not new to residents of Bhavnagar as there is a colony of these birds in the city, in Pil garden. The large wading bird of the stork family found in tropical Asia has been roosting there for a century.