Ten rescued rose-ringed parakeets were released from the cages at the District Forest Office Campus in Coimbatore on Thursday. They were part of the 16 birds rescued by wildlife protection group Animal Rescuers from an illegal wildlife trader near Ponnaiyarajapuram at Gandhi Park on June 23.
The birds were released a little late because on examination, their feathers were found to prevent them from flying. The birds were maintained and treated at the forest campus by animal welfare organization till the feathers grew and they were able to fly. Of the 16 birds, two died on the same day due to physical injury and stress. Flight feathers of four birds were clipped and they are yet to fly.
Among the ten parakeets, four were males and six were females. Chief conservator of forests, Manoj Kumar Sarkar and district forest officer, Senthil Kumar were present on the occasion.
"It is cruel that the feathers of the birds are being plucked by the illegal traders so that they would not fly. They were also being kept in small nests, which made it difficult to fly. In the case of the remaining four birds, they would be kept in the campus of the forest breeding Institute and fed daily. It may take around 3 months for the feathers to grow again. After they grow again, they will be released depending on its ability to adapt to the surroundings,'' said Vinni K Peter, a volunteer of the organisation..
"Poachers who capture these birds, pluck their feathers on regular intervals so that the birds do not fly. This is one of the most painful aspect for a bird," said Manoj Kumar Sarkar.