Updated: July 31, 2021 12:03:29 pm
A herd of blackbucks was spotted crossing a road in the Blackbuck National Park in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar this week, and a video of it is now making rounds on the internet. The footage, initially shared by Gujarat’s Department of Information on Twitter, showed the animals moving in a swift and synchronised manner.
The department said the herd comprised over 3,000 blackbucks. “Over 3,000 blackbucks were seen crossing the road at Bhavnagar’s Blackbuck National Park,” it wrote in the caption.
The video impressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who re-shared it on his Twitter feed. “Excellent,” he commented.
Watch the video here:
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 28, 2021
According to the national park’s range forest officer Ankur Patel, however, there are 3,000 to 4,000 blackbucks in the national park, and 700 to 800 are seen in the video.
Patel said the video was shot a few days ago by a Gram Rakshak Dal (GRD) jawan stationed at a police check post on Dholera-Bhavnagar highway. “The land seen on both sides of that internal road belongs to the forest department. While going back home after his night duty, the GRD jawan saw the blackbucks crossing the road in the morning and captured the amazing sight on his mobile phone and shared it on social media,” the official told news agency PTI.
Patel explained that blackbucks keep moving from one place to another. He said the video featured around 700 to 800 blackbucks, majority of which were females or sub-adults as their colour was brown. Adult males are black in colour.
Many who came across the video were left mesmerised. Several people suggested building an overpass to ensure safe passage to the animals.
Take a look at some of the reactions here:
What a natural beauty.
— Dr Numal Momin MD. (@DrNumal) July 28, 2021
— Pawan Kumar Agarwal INC (@PawanKu87322521) July 28, 2021
Omg @InfoGujarat this is so beautiful. I have to see this in person.
— Sarah Mathews (@ChackoSarah) July 29, 2021
Pls make a underground pass for their proper and unrestricted movements through the roads… 🙏
— Bishan Singh Rawat (@BishanS40939270) July 29, 2021
Please make green road crossing, without tar obstruction for blackucks. It will be safe for all.
— @Rahul (@ARRahul) July 29, 2021
That spot should be marked as BLACKBUCK CROSSING
— Dr Charuhas (@charuhasmujumd1) July 28, 2021
Gujrat is the best example of development💯💯
— Disha🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Disha95646503) July 28, 2021
Time for more wildlife tunnels/bridges !! @nitin_gadkari I think NHAI is already taken it in account for new projects, hope state PWDs and road department too take this seriously.
— #FindingGaurav ©🛰️ (@confess2gaurav) July 28, 2021
So refreshing. One small suggestion. Is it worth to create a nature bridge or vehicle bridge to avoid any inconvenience to wild life. Or atleast have lots of small speed breakers in these sections so there are no speeding vehicles in such patches. Loved the video @InfoGujarat
— Chintan Manthan 🇮🇳 (@Chintan_Phoenix) July 28, 2021
They Are Not crossing the road, the road is Crossing their home.
— Er Razinkhan pathan (@razinkhan_pt) July 28, 2021
The national park is famous for its blackbucks, also known as Indian antelopes, which are characterised by their elegant spiralling horns. Established in July 1976, and despite being one of the smallest national parks in the country, it packs in a robust amount of species for the wildlife lover.
Native to India and Nepal, blackbucks inhabit grassy plains and lightly forested areas with perennial water sources and are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act.
(With inputs from PTI)