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.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Birds feel the effects of heat in Pune

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 4:46pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Despite efforts by conservationists and citizens the cases of birds falling prey to heat strokes and heat affiliated ailments is on the rise in Pune.

With temperatures soaring in summer, health issues regarding birds is something that can't be ignored. City veterinary hospitals and individual practitioners have seen an increase in the number of emergency cases dealing with birds suffering from heat related ailments. "Most cases are of indigestion and skin related infections but their root cause is heat", said, Dr. Gaurav Pardeshi, vet surgeon at Katraj Animal Rescue Center. However, Pardeshi added, “Exotic birds are not suited to sub tropical temperatures but even indigenous species like kites suffer heat strokes and plummet to the ground.”' Several cases of ‘sub-adult' birds who are not completely trained to fly, also die during summer.

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