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 2 November 2017

Hundreds of Birds Killed at Jatinga to Shoot Film!

Birds were allegedly massacred by villagers at the behest of a filmmaker for shooting his documentary

PUBLISHED: 10:19 PM, 24 OCT 2017
UPDATED: 10:09 PM, 24 OCT 2017

Jatinga, famous for mysterious birds phenomena, turned into a mass killing field for birds on Sunday night, allegedly at the behest of a filmmaker for shooting his documentary.

Bird lovers and locals alleged that documentary filmmaker Ananda had engaged a foreigner to film the killing of birds in Jatinga. Hundreds of birds were killed by villagers in exchange for money given by Ananda, they alleged.

The protection force of the Forest and Environment department immediately rushed to the spot, rescued a few birds and released them. According to ACF Tuhin Langthasa, in-charge of the protection force, a large number of birds visited Jatinga on Sunday but were killed as Ananda, who introduced himself as a documentary filmmaker, encouraged the villagers to put up lights and attract the birds, although there is a ban on using lights during the period when birds migrating over long distances visit Jatinga.

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