Blessed with iridescent blue and green feathers, peacock is our national bird. Mostly found in the northern part of India, it is considered to be a symbol of grace, joy, beauty and love. Recently, an injured peacock came to the spotlight — when it was spotted at the official residence of the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawar Chand Gehlot. Security officials found the bird in the garden and were concerned after noticing a severe gash on its right wing.
Realising it needed immediate medical attention, they contacted Wildlife SOS for help. The rapid response unit responded to a distress call on their rescue helpline and sent in a two-member team. After ensuring that least amount of stress was caused during the process, they carefully transferred the injured bird into the rescue vehicle. The peacock is currently undergoing veterinary treatment and will be released back into its natural habitat once it has recovered.
Gourav Singh, a staff personnel at the residence, said, “The peacock was struggling to move and appeared to be in considerable amount of pain. I immediately contacted Wildlife SOS and their team was very quick and efficient. Last year also they had helped rescue a kite fledgling that had collapsed in the premises due to exhaustion.”
Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “I thank the staff for alerting Wildlife SOS to this emergency. This indicates a high level of compassion on their part and sets an example for many others to follow. Often the plight of urban wildlife is dismissed because city dwellers consider them to be a nuisance and they are often met with hostility.”
The organisation, active in the National Capital Region (NCR), can be contacted on their 24-hour emergency helpline number (9871963535).