An injured migratory bird from Russia, handed over to the Shahjahanpur police by local residents who suspected her of “spying”, is showing signs of improvement at the Lucknow zoo, which had written to experts seeking advice on treatment.
The Demoiselle Crane, which has a GPS tracker attached to one of her feet, was found injured on October 17. Lucknow Zoo director Rajendra Kumar Singh said Russian scientists, who had been tracking her, had also contacted the zoo regarding the bird.
The GPS tag had led locals to suspect that the crane was a “spy bird”, after which she was handed over to the police with a wing fracture and other wounds. The bird was sent to the Lucknow Zoo after consultations with forest department officials.
“Though she is showing some improvement and has started eating, we have written to the Indian Veterinary Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly and the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) to provide us help in this regard. She has a fracture and a wound. We are trying to treat her,” said Singh.
Asked about how she reached India, he said, “This is a migratory bird which migrates from Russia in the winters. She is aged around 5-6 months. She was being tracked from Russia through GPS. Due to the injuries, she fell in Shahjahanpur and when her GPS signals stopped, Russia scientists contacted the zoo. At that time, the bird handed been handed to the forest department by police. Other birds of her group have been located in Gujarat.”
Singh said they are hopeful that the crane will regain her strength. Demoiselle Cranes are the smallest of the crane species and are known for their graceful appearance and beauty. They winter in the Indian Subcontinent or Sub-Saharan Africa.