A ‘suspicious’ hawk allegedly flying in from Pakistan was caught by the BSF in Rajasthan’s border district of Sri Ganganagar. However, no snooping equipment was found on the bird, and it was sent to Bikaner zoo Thursday, officials said.
BSF officials said that the hawk, a white-eyed buzzard, was caught from Anupgarh in Sri Ganganagar two days ago. It was checked for snooping devices and after a health check-up, the hawk was handed over to Forest Department officials Thursday.
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“After a medical check-up, it was handed over to us,” said Sudhir Sharma, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Sri Ganganagar. He said that it is a “rare case” of a hawk being caught “on suspicion” and said this could be due to “extra vigilance” by the border forces, following rising tension between the two countries.
Sharma said that the hawk appeared to be trained and hence was sent to the zoo.
Bikaner’s Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Ram Niwas Kumawat, said they were told that the hawk is now healthy.