'All must join hands to nab those who are hunting, poaching and trapping birds'

As many as 21 doves were rescued from Sora Maning Loukol, Thoubal district and released into the wild by the staff of Kakching Range Forest office along with honorary wildlife warden W Ramchandra on Friday.

All must join hands to nab those who are hunting, poaching and trapping birds, range forest officer, Kakching, N Munal Meitei said as 21 doves were rescued from Sora Maning Loukol, Thoubal district and released into the wild by the staff of Kakching Range Forest office along with honorary wildlife warden W Ramchandra.

Releasing the birds on Friday, the range forest officer stated that doves were found in large numbers in the past. But unfortunately, killing them ceaselessly over the course of time has landed it in the list of endangered birds.

Munal said birds like any other creatures have also been playing a major role in maintaining ecological balance of our mother earth. He said birds are normally able to eat insects up to about half of its size per day.

All the birds that are rescued on Friday have an approximate weight of around 125 grams each, he said.  Calculating on that weight, a dove may be able to eat a total of insects that weight about 60 grams in a day, he stated.

The weight of 60 grams may contain at least 1,500 to 2,000 insects in total, he said, adding it may be calculated that a total of 7,30,000 insects could have been eaten by a single bird in a year.

At this rate, all the rescued 21 doves will surely help in maintaining ecological balance by eating 15,30,00,000 insects altogether in a year.

“We all should stop such cruelty towards birds and animals. Let us join hands to nab those who are hunting, poaching and trapping birds,” he appealed.

Munal cautioned that according to Wildlife Protection Act 1972, anyone who caught hunting and poaching wildlife birds and animals might be sentenced for three years in jail or fined rupees 25,000 or both.

“We should respect the laws of the country. We should remember that survival of human beings forever is closely interrelated with the survival of wildlife animals and birds. Let us make a beautiful mother earth which is full of animals and also a place where the sounds of chirping birds echo all the time,” he added.

Slow Loris rescued and released in Kangpokpi

On the night of June 8, a slow loris was rescued by a resident of Kangpokpi Ward No II and handed it over to divisional forest officer, Kangpokpi district, Kaybie Chongloi, IFP correspondent in Kangpokpi reported.

Gugun Chongloi, a taxi driver by profession saw, the slow loris in his garage on Monday night and rescued the animal. In the process, the slow loris bit him twice and he was immediately taken to hospital by his neighbor Kamminlen Kipgen and wife Nengpi Kipgen.

Later, they informed this reporter for assistance to hand over the animal to the DFO Kangpokpi. The DFO Kangpokpi was informed and the animal was accordingly handed over to the DFO. As the animal was willing to eat only banana, the rescuer found some bananas late at night and fed the animal.

DFO Kangpokpi Chinpilhing Kipgen appreciated the rescuer Gugun Chongloi and his neighbour for caring for the wild animal and handing it over to the authority concerned. She also rewarded the rescuer with monetary assistance so as to motivate such an attitude among all the residents of the town.

The DFO further said that it has been really rare in the hill district to rescue and hand over a wild animal to the authority. But with much awareness and campaign, the people now have started to change their attitude towards the wild animals and began to rescue them which is praiseworthy.

The rescued slow loris was released into the forest by the staff of DFO Kangpokpi.

First Published:June 13, 2020, 12:01 p.m.