Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 20:
Members of ‘Wildies’, a city based organization working for the conservation of wildlife, today rescued an injured Ruddy Shelduck or commonly known as Brahminy duck, a migratory bird from the Mahanadi river basin near Mundali bridge in Odisha’s Cuttack district today.
“I with other members-Piyus Goenka, Sushovit and Satyabrata were photographing some bird life in the basin early Sunday morning when we came across this limping bird on the sands being chased by stray dogs. Upon further observation we found the bird was limping and was unable to fly. We drove away the dogs and rescued it. It’s a Rudy Shelduck,” said Subhendu Bhatacharya, a member of Wildies.
Bhatacharya said they immediately contacted Kamal Lochan Purohit, assistant director Nandankanan Zoological Park and sought his advice.
Later the bird was handed over to the authorities of the veterinary hospital at Nandankanan Zoological Park where it is undergoing treatment, he added.
Notably, Ruddy Shelduck or Chakua Chakoi in Odia, migrates from the distant ladakh region in the winter in large numbers to Odisha and are found in wetlands like Chilika lake, Anshupa lake, Bhitarkanika, Hirakud reservoir etc.
Though most of them have returned to their places of origin as its gets hotter in the plains with the onset of summer some are still left behind due to illness or for some other reasons.