As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 7 April 2014

BIRD RESCUE: 191 birds, bats rescued from residence of 'animal lover'

By Neha LM Tripathi|Posted 01-Apr-2014
Forest department officials said that Pradeep Gabriel D’Souza had rescued the injured beasts, and are investigating to find out why he did not inform the forest department about them
Mumbai: The wildlife wing of the Thane Forest Department (TFD) on Friday rescued 191 birds and bats from Masjid Bunder, from the residence of a local. After receiving a tip-off, forest department officers reached the residence and rescued the animals from Pradeep Gabriel D’souza’s residence.

The rescued birds included owls, kites, parrots and sea birds. According to the forest department (FD) officials, D’souza is a bird lover and rescues injured birds. But, why he didn’t release the birds or contact officials after rescuing them remains a mystery.

Out of the 191 animals rescued, 152 have been taken to the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) in Parel. These include seven full-grown bats, 25 parrots, 25 owls, 95 kites and nine sea birds.

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