Lohri ensures busy day at bird hospital, 21 fresh cases reported, total reaches 76

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Lohri celebrations in the city proved to be a busy day for workers of Pakshi Sewa Sansthan as 21 fresh cases of bird injuries were reported in the city due to the kite threads on Saturday. In addition to the already existing 55 cases over the last two days, the total reached 76. Talking to Newsline, Vipan Bhatia, founder, PSS, said: "Since morning, we have been busy receiving calls and then rescuing birds from various parts of the city. 21 fresh cases of injured birds came to us, of which, 20 are pigeons and 1 is dove."

Expressing anguish over kite lovers still using Chinese plastic thread, he said: "All 76 injuries have been due to plastic threads. Bodies of birds have been pierced through causing grave injuries and some have even lost their feathers permanently. They won't be to fly again ever. Although district administration and police commissioner has banned the plastic thread, both the departments have failed to implement it properly. Still many shops are selling the thread in open or in hiding. It is available to those who demand for it."

Daljit Singh Brar, district forest officer, talking to Newsline said: "We rescued an owl who got entangled in kite thread on Saturday morning at Rahon road. Luckily, it did not receive much injuries and after rescuing it was set free."

The power went off in Aggar Nagar for more than 5 hours till filing of this report due to the wires getting entangled with kites and threads. Pardeep Gupta, senior executive engineer, said that 'the fault will be repaired in 15-20 minutes."

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