Barn owl entangled in kite string rescued in Raipur – the New Indian Express
Express news service
RAIPUR: City police rescued a barn that became entangled in the sharp rope of the kite (commonly known as a manja) from a height of about 60 feet on the road to the station in the area of Narmadapara.
The string was wrapped around one of its feathers on Wednesday evening, leaving the bird suspended in the air at the edge of a tree branch for nearly 12 hours in a situation of helplessness.
Some passers-by noticed that the bird was having trouble disentangling itself and called the emergency number. Staff from Ganj Thana Police Station reached the place to rescue the bird.
âWith the support of the inhabitants, one of our men made the bird fall using a ladder to reach this height. The string was coiled up a lot and it took us a long time to pull it out, âsaid Vijay Kumar, head of the police station.
The barn owl had suffered a minor injury to its wing which was immediately cleaner. After offering the bird water, it was taken to the police station for further medical treatment.
Wildlife experts believe that human interaction with nature is limited in urban spaces. âDue to these limitations, there is a decline in empathy and compassion for wildlife. The benevolent acts of the police will set an example. Humans have lived in harmony with wildlife, âsaid Anupam Singh, a wildlife activist.
Several young people began to fly kites during confinement in Raipur. Environmentalists have warned against using manja twine as it poses a potential threat to birds.